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Skidmore College
Emergency Preparedness

Train Derailment/Accident with HazMat Release

In the event of a train derailment/accident with a subsequent hazardous materials release into the atmosphere, the Department of Campus Safety will determine the emergency level and appropriate response and will advise the community via a SUNS alert

  • Level One: Minor derailment with no, or small, release of non-hazardous material. No or minor risk to Skidmore community. No campus evacuation necessary.
  • Level Two: A derailment that causes a major explosion, fire or chemical release affecting the Skidmore campus and surrounding community. Campus evacuation will be initiated. 

train evacutation

Campus Evacuation:

Since train tracks are closest to west side of campus (4/10 mile to edge of Campus/Sussman Village), evacuate to the east as quickly as possible.

  • All individuals (faculty, students, staff and visitors) are to evacuate campus immediately and move away from the threat by moving upwind. Try not to inhale gases, fumes or smoke.
  • Move away from campus quickly and as far away as you can. Be aware of wind direction and try to move in the direction of the wind, if possible.
  • Vehicles should close windows and turn off car heater/air conditioner fan that could allow hazardous fumes to vent into the vehicle.
  • Vehicles should take as many passengers (staff, students, visitors) with them as possible to avoid potential traffic jams.
  • Evacuees on foot should exit campus by using the shortest route. Evacuees (in vehicles or on foot) should move well away from campus before stopping to determine ways of getting to a safe location.
  • Once in a safe location, evacuees on foot should make contact with family and friends to let them know they are safe. They should not call Campus Safety unless they have important information to relay.
  • Only essential personnel will be permitted to remain on campus. Facilities Services will determine which buildings can be occupied based on ventilation controls.

 For additional information please see CEMP, Evacuation Procedures.