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Preparing and testing emergency procedures

Annual fire safety training sessions are conducted for all students; attendance is mandatory.

Fire alarms in all residential facilities are tested four times a year. This testing includes unannounced drills in which the alarm is sounded and the evacuation is timed for efficiency.

Fire alarms in all non-residential facilities are also tested four times a year. This testing also includes unannounced drills in which the alarm is sounded and evacuation is timed for efficiency.

Fire-safety inspections are conducted in all residential buildings throughout the year by the Office of Residential Programs.

Emergency equipment on the Hofstra campus is checked and tested regularly as follows:

  • Emergency lights in all of the residential buildings are checked. Annual inspections of the lighting system is conducted by the Nassau County Fire Marshall's Office and administrators from the Physical Plant Department and the Office of Residential Programs.
  • The 57 emergency telephones/call boxes are tested weekly.
  • The Public Address system and text messaging system are tested each year.

There is strict and aggressive parking enforcement on all areas designated as Fire Lanes or Fire Hydrants including roadways contiguous to our residence halls.

Safety checks on other items, such as exit lights, are performed as part of the daily patrol conducted throughout the campus. Any malfunction or damage to the equipment is logged and the proper University department is notified.


In case of an emergency, call 516-463-6789