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Evacuation Procedures

Building Evacuation

  • All building evacuations will occur when a fire alarm sounds and/or upon notification by a Crisis Team designee.
  • When an alarm is activated or evacuation instructions are received, leave the building by the nearest exit and alert others to do the same.
  • Exit in an orderly fashion.
  • Assist the handicapped in exiting the building.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • Once outside the building, proceed to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the affected building or area.
  • Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by an authorized official.

Campus Evacuation

  • Evacuation of all or part of the campus grounds will be announced by the Crisis Response Team designee.
  • All persons are to immediately vacate the area of the campus in question and relocate to another part of the campus or vacate the campus as instructed.
  • In the event that evacuation of the campus by vehicle is restricted, evacuation of the campus by foot may be at any point on the perimeter of the campus, on the opposite side from the crisis area.

Assisting the Disabled

Ambulatory Persons

  • Proceed toward the nearest safe emergency exit.
  • Close the door behind you to keep smoke out of the stairway. If the stairway should become unsafe, proceed to a safe area away from smoke and fire, closing doors behind you to isolate the smoke. Call 911 and advise the operator of your situation.
  • If in a room with a window, signal rescuers by waving or place a sign in the window. Do not open the window unless smoke is entering the room. If possible, place a wet cloth material around and under the door to prevent smoke from entering.
  • Persons who cannot speak loudly should carry a whistle or other means of attracting assistance.

Non-Ambulatory Persons

When assisting someone, always consult the person about the following:

  • Ways the person would prefer to be removed from wheelchair.
  • Whether to extend or move extremities when lifting because of pain, catheter leg bags, braces, etc.
  • Whether a seat cushion or pad should be brought along with the person if he or she is removed from the chair.
  • Whether the person would prefer being carried forward or backward on a flight of stairs.
  • Whether the person prefers a stretcher, chair with pad or medical assistance when being removed from the wheelchair.

Wheelchairs should not be used in stairwell if at all possible.

Visually Impaired Persons

  • Tell the person the nature of the emergency.
  • Offer to guide him or her to safety.
  • As you walk, say where you are and advise of any obstacles.
  • When safety is reached, help to orient the person and ask if additional assistance is needed. Do not leave the person alone.

Hearing Impaired Persons

Since alarms may not be heard and some buildings do not have visual alarms, do one of the following:

  • Write a note explaining the nature of the emergency. Include “Go to _______ exit now,” or
  • Turn light switch on and off to gain attention, then indicate through gestures or writing what is happening and what to do.