Communication Channels

The goal during an emergency is to respond as quickly as possible to the situation by providing clear, concise messages that are updated regularly. FIT uses a variety of methods to communicate during emergencies, including building alarms and an alert system that sends texts and phone messages to users.

FIT participates in the FIT Alert emergency notification system for employees and students. All community members are encouraged to sign up.

Learn About FIT Alert

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.

Public Address (PA) System
Building Alarms
FIT Alert 

Emergency Phone Line
Broadcast Voicemail
FIT Website
FIT Alert
Lobby Television Monitors
Social Media

Posters and/or Temporary Signage
Paper Memos
Letters or Phone Calls
Alumni Magazine
Public Service Announcements
Town Hall Meeting
Press Conference
Press Release
FIT Website
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.