CALL 911 for any situation that requires IMMEDIATE police, fire, or medical response to preserve life or property. You can also use any outdoor Blue Light phone (situated throughout campus) or indoor designated emergency phone to report a campus emergency. Just pick up the receiver or press the call button.
The Emergency Action Guide at the left provides instructions on actions to take in emergency situations. Click this Emergency Action Guide link to download a copy to print and keep in a convenient location.
Stage 2: Severe Drought / Water Use Restriction
As a result of the severe drought in Tompkins County and continued low water supply in Fall Creek, the source of water for Cornell’s Ithaca campus and for nearby communities, Cornell University has issued a Water Use Restriction. If current trends continue, there will be insufficient potable (clean, treated) water to supply the demands of campus this August.
In order for the University to maintain its mission-critical operations, we must work together as a community to decrease overall water use on campus by at least 30% as soon as possible.
Effective immediately, all Ithaca campus faculty, staff, and students are required to cease the following actions on campus:
- Watering lawns, landscapes, and vegetation except with non-potable water (e.g., gray or reclaimed water).
- Power washing, cleaning, or otherwise using potable water to clean driveways, sidewalks, building surfaces, and asphalt
- Washing vehicles with potable water unless required for safety or compliance.
- Recreational water use such as sprinklers, games, or camp activities involving use of potable water.
Additionally, the University asks all campus community members to assist in implementing the following conservation measures immediately in all campus facilities:
- Report any water leaks, running toilets, dripping faucets, or other water issues to your building coordinator immediately. These issues will be prioritized by Facilities Management for repair.
- All facility managers are asked to check fixtures, toilets, and piping for leaks; to submit repair requests immediately; and to continue regular assessment of water fixtures.
- Limit personal shower use to three to five minutes, using colder water when possible.
- Turn off faucets while brushing teeth, washing hands, or cleaning dishes.
- Discontinue drawing water from area creeks or other accessible water sources.
- Implement systems to reuse water wherever possible.
The University has formed a Drought Emergency Planning Team (DEPT). The team is engaging key campus stakeholders to identify additional strategies for water reduction across campus. Water use data will be collected daily and made available to the campus. For more information on the drought response at Cornell University and what you can do, please visit http://campusdrought.ipp.cornell.edu/.
The anticipated duration of these restrictions is a minimum of 4-6 weeks. The restrictions are effective until further notice, with the potential for extension or escalation to a higher state of drought response — a Water Use Ban — if restrictions are not effective or drought conditions remain.
The warm weather and dry conditions have increased the risk for outdoor fires. Please use extreme caution around dry grasses, shrubs, and mulched areas. Be careful when using outdoor open flames, including barbecue grills and recreational fire pits. Use caution with smoking materials and always dispose of them in appropriate disposal containers.
We ask all members of the community to remain vigilant during this time of elevated outdoor fire risk. Report grass, brush, or mulch fires promptly by calling 911. Uncontrolled outdoor fires can spread quickly and cause significant damage.
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Cornell is StormReady
On December 1, 2015, Cornell University was certified by the National Weather Service as a StormReady® university as a result of the weather preparedness, monitoring, and communication efforts provided to the campus and local community.
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Cornell University has developed a comprehensive emergency management program utilizing best standard practices from across peer institutions and emergency management organizations. This program will provide guidance to the campus community for the organization, coordination and collaboration of university services and resources toward an effective response to, continuation through and the recovery from emergencies. The effectiveness of this program is dependent on the preparedness of the entire campus community to stay vigilant to prepare for the unexpected events and disasters that may impact the mission of teaching, research and outreach of Cornell University.