Building Evacuation

Overview

There are various situations that could lead to the necessity to evacuate a building (i.e. fire, hazardous materials release, earthquake etc.).  The reason for evacuation may not be immediately clear so always follow the directions of wardens, building evacuation coordinators, security and first responders.

Response

  • You must evacuate when alarms are sounding or when instructed to do so by emergency response personnel, fire wardens or your supervisor
  • Stay calm and walk, don’t run.  Leave quickly by the nearest safe exist
  • Close doors behind you during evacuation
  • Look for fire or thick smoke, or areas of damage on your way out of the building and report any observations to Building Evacuation Coordinators, Campus Security, or Emergency Responders once outside
  • Gather in a safe location for your building or an area identified by first responders
  • Remain with the evacuation group and do not re-enter a building until permitted to do so by Fire Wardens, Building Evacuation Coordinators, or Emergency Responders

Mobility Challenges

On the ground floor or floor with emergency exit to outside: Exit via the nearest emergency exit and proceed to the evacuation assembly area.

All other floors: Proceed to the nearest refuge area. Once you have arrived at the refuge area, ensure that the Fire Department is aware of your location and wait for rescue.

If you are staff and mobility impaired, please make sure that you are listed with your Building Evacuation Coordinator so that Wardens are aware of your location so you can receive assistance during an evacuation.

Reporting

If you observe a hazard that may require the evacuation of the building or work area notify your supervisor and contact Campus Security 24/7

Safety Tips

  • Familiarize yourself with the two nearest exits to your regular work or study areas.
  • Look at the Fire Evacuation Routes posted on walls throughout campus to familiarize yourself with Evacuation plans.
  • Avoid using elevators during an evacuation.
  • If you are staff or faculty and are interested, consider become a building evacuation coordinator or fire warden.