Columbia University Medical Center's Emergency Management Operations Team is trained and ready to guide the campus during emergencies. Led by the vice president of Facilities Management and Campus Services, the team meets periodically to review and update the Emergency Management Plan. The team may also run emergency drills to assess the campus’s readiness for and response to potential emergencies.
In the event of an emergency, EMOT works closely with key CUMC, NewYork-Presbyterian, and University partners to provide information to our community, the news media, and the public.
Columbia University Medical Center is committed to emergency preparedness. CUMC is a member of Partners in Preparedness, a nationally recognized program that supports organizations in preparing their employees, services, and facilities for emergencies.
How to Stay Updated During an Emergency
- Sign up to receive emergency text message alerts and emails from Public Safety at myColumbia. Only numbers listed under the "Campus Alert" fields will receive emergency text messages. "Mobile" and "CU Mobile" will not.
- Call the CUMC Advisory Hotline at 212-305-7300 to hear voice message updates. This hotline is only activated when there is an institution-wide emergency.
- See campus operations updates. We'll update this page when there is an institution-wide emergency.
In an on-campus emergency, always first call Public Safety at 212-305-7979. In a medical emergency, call 911.
|CUMC Emergency Numbers|
|Environmental Health and Safety||212-305-6780|
|CUMC Facilities Management||212-305-4357 (HELP), option 3|
|Student Health Service||212-305-3400|
|CUMC Advisory Hotline (only active during institution-wide emergencies)||212-305-7300|
Freezer Failure Emergency Protocol
CUMC Facilities Management and Campus Services has 13 upright, shelved -80°C freezers available for the research community to use during a freezer failure if your freezer is being repaired or replaced. These freezers are alarmed using a remote wireless environmental monitoring system administered by Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance. The monitoring system tracks freezer temperature and will alert us immediately of increased temperatures. The freezers are located in secured, card-reader controlled rooms. For more information, contact Yvonne Wojcicki, executive director of Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance, at email@example.com.
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