Evacuation is required any time a condition exists which would
require evacuation, when the fire alarm sounds, when an evacuation
announcement is made, or a university official orders you to
The designated evacuation points are:
- West entrance, across the street
(evacuation coordinators should report to this entrance to meet the
emergency response personnel)
- South entrance
The Evacuation Coordinators are:
- Suzanne Aaron
- alternate 1: Peter Griffiths
- alternate 2: Dan Edwards
Responsibilities of the Evacuation Coordinator
- Call 9-911 from a safe location to verify the fire
alarm/evacuation signal has been received.
- Ensure people have evacuated the building, to the extent it is
safe to do so.
- Maintain a roster of faculty and staff as an appendix to this
plan and bring the roster to the evacuation point.
- To the extent possible, account for faculty and staff at the
- Be the contact point for reporting unsafe situations in the
building or missing persons, and report these to the emergency
- Maintain a list of faculty and staff home phone numbers, cell
phones, and/or pagers for contacting employees during and after
When the building alarm sounds or an evacuation signal is given:
- Remain calm.
- Exit the room and:
- Quickly shut down any hazardous operations or processes and
render them safe, if it is possible to do so. If an unsafe
situation exists that will not allow a shutdown before evacuating,
report this to the Evacuation Coordinator.
- Take jackets or other clothing needed for protection from the
- Close windows and doors, but do not lock doors as you
- Leave room lights on.
- If you are away from your room when the alarm sounds, you
should exit the building immediately and not return to the room. If
an unsafe situation exists in your room, report this to the
- Notify others in the area of the alarm if they did not hear
- Instructors must ensure all students evacuate.
- Exit the building via the nearest safe exit route. Walk; do not
run. Never open doors that feel hot to the touch or attempt to
travel through smoke-filled or hazardous areas. Use a different
- Do not use elevators to exit.
- Report to the designated evacuation point and Evacuation
- Wait at evacuation point for directions.
- Do not reenter the building until emergency staff gives the
"all clear" signal.
- If you become trapped due to smoke, heat, flames, or some other
- Leave the room door closed. Seal door cracks and ventilation
grills with cloth or wet towels or clothing, if possible.
- Use the telephone to call 9-911 and let them know your
location. Hang an article of clothing, large enough for emergency
responders to see, in or out the window if possible.
- If smoke enters the room and there is an window that opens,
open the window to let it out. Close the window if outside smoke
enters. Tie a piece of clothing around your nose and mouth to
filter out smoke if needed.
- Stay close to the floor where the air is cleaner.
Evacuation of persons with disabilities:
Persons with disabilities, including those with mobility, hearing,
or visual impairments, may need assistance during an evacuation.
Units and instructors need to be aware of employees and students
who may have disabilities and ensure they receive assistance during
evacuation, if needed. Elevators are not to be used during an
- Persons with hearing impairments:
- Gain the person’s attention by gesturing or turning the
lights on and off.
- If needed, write a note indicating an evacuation is necessary
and provide directions.
- Persons with visual impairments:
- Announce that an evacuation is necessary.
- Offer your arm for guidance.
- Tell the person where you are going, and obstacles you
- When you reach the evacuation point, ask if further help is
- Persons with mobility impairments:
- Procedure A:
If there is NO evidence of fire, smoke or other emergency in the
area of occupancy or nearest Area of Evacuation Assistance (AEA),
evacuate persons to the nearest AEA.
Upon arrival of the fire department, fire department personnel will
determine the cause of the emergency and check all AEA
If there is an actual emergency, people with mobility impairments
will be evacuated by fire department personnel.
- Procedure B:
If there is evidence of fire, smoke or other emergency in the area
of occupancy, evacuate all people from the area.
Evacuation will be either from the building or to another AEA not
affected by the emergency situation.
A video is available from the main office showing how to evacuate a
person who is using a wheelchair.