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Communication Methods

FIT has access to multiple communication methods that can be used to inform the FIT community, response partners, stakeholders and/or governmental agencies about an emergency affecting FIT. The communication methods are:

Instant Communication Methods
• Public Address (PA) System
• Building Alarms
• Bullhorns
• FIT Alert

Fast Communication Methods
• Email
• Emergency Phone Line
• Broadcast Voicemail
• FIT Website
• FIT Alert
• Lobby Television Monitors 
• Social Media

Follow-Up Communication Methods
• Posters and/or Temporary Signage
• Paper Memos
• Letters or Phone Calls
• Alumni Magazine
• Media
• Public Service Announcements
• Town Hall Meeting
• Press Conference
• Press Release
• FIT Website
• Email
• Other Forms of Electronic Communication


All college buildings are equipped with an emergency alarm system. Alarms are used to notify occupants of an emergency requiring evacuation of the building. When the emergency alarm system is triggered, you must exit the building as quickly and calmly as possible, using stairs and emergency exits only. 

Residence Halls

Residence hall alarms are fully automated; they emit a sharp buzzing sound when activated. The emergency alarm system identifies a specific room as the source of an alarm.

Residence hall alarms are activated in the following ways:

  • Manual activation of pull boxes located throughout the building. 
  • Smoke detectors located in every dormitory room. 
  • Heat sensors in dormitory rooms.

Other Buildings

David Dubinsky Student Center
Business and Liberal Arts Center
Marvin Feldman Center
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Shirley Goodman Resource Center

Alarms in other campus buildings emit a gonging sound when activated; the gong sequence identifies a floor in a particular building as the source of an incident.

Alarms in other campus buildings are activated in the following ways:

  • Manual activation of pull boxes located throughout the buildings. 
  • Smoke detectors located in areas adjacent to elevators.
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