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Widespread City Emergency

By definition, an emergency is an unexpected situation or occurrence that demands immediate attention. Although it is almost impossible to predict emergencies and the responses required, it is likely that situations specific to the Hunter community can be contained internally or with the assistance of bodies such as the New York City Police Department, Fire Department, or Emergency Medical Services.

However, widespread emergencies—such as 9/11 or the blackout of August 2003—are far more complex. In such emergencies, which impact millions of people, citywide agencies must use their resources for the entire population, not just Hunter College. Hunter College has been designated a reception center for the public in the event of a large scale emergency in the city. If the situation permits, the College will serve as a temporary shelter for people impacted by the emergency and will maintain basic services such as lighting and restroom facilities for as long as possible.

If there is a widespread city emergency, the College will assess the situation and follow guidance from the CUNY Central Office. The College will attempt to maintain basic services, specifically at the 68th Street Campus and Brookdale Campus, and will make every effort to keep the Hunter College community and the general public informed.

As in any emergency, remember to remain calm, follow directions, and stay aware of your surroundings.