General Evacuation

General Evacuation Emergency Response Procedures

All university personnel including faculty, staff, students, or guests who are responsible for or assigned to a university operation must understand the Emergency Response and General Evacuation Procedures for their location.  They must also know the correct exits to use for all areas they enter and the assembly point locations.  During an evacuation, university personnel must assist members of the public, visitors, and contractors from the threatened location.


  • The fire alarm signal will be activated for evacuation.
  • University personnel and visitors will immediately use the nearest available exit and proceed to their designated assembly location unless the emergency compromises personal safety of those in the area.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Provide assistance for mobility-impaired individuals (see next page).

When possible

  • The Floor Safety Liaison or designee will take a roll call.
  • The Floor Safety Liaison will report to the Incident Commander the names of the persons from the department who may still be in the building.
  • All personnel will stay assembled until further instructions are received from their Floor Safety Liaison.
  • However, it is important to note that in some emergencies, university personnel must deviate from these instructions. Use common sense. For example, if smoke is present, all people need to evacuate the area even if the alarm has not been sounded.
  • Visitors will remain with the individual (s) they are seeing and, if possible, their names will be reported to the Emergency Coordinator.

Summary of duties for university personnel
These are the duties of employees during an evacuation of a building or an outdoor area.

  • Floor Safety Liaisons will oversee evacuation of their area.
  • All personnel should check for heat and smoke to ensure the exit is safe to use and assist in the movement of people.  All university personnel must be able to assume these duties.

For impaired persons

As soon as the alarm sounds, mobility impaired individuals should proceed to an enclosed stairwell landing if possible.  If an enclosed stairwell is not available, they should go into a room just off the hallway or corridor and close the door. Once inside the room, they should open a window (if possible) and drape some cloth article outside as a signal that someone is waiting for help.  On the way to the "safe area," a mobility-impaired person should ask a non-impaired person for aid in notifying response personnel of the impaired person's location in the building.  If no one is around to assist the impaired person, he/she should use a telephone (or any other available means) to notify the Department of Public Safety of his/her location.  In some cases, trying to leave may pose more danger to the impaired than taking advantage of the protection offered by their location.  Supervisors (including instructors) shall maintain a current list that includes the names, physical impairments, and locations of impaired persons. This list shall be presented to the emergency response personnel in the event of an emergency evacuation.

Sight-impaired but mobile persons should wait out the rush of traffic until they can use the nearest exit at their own pace.

Hearing-impaired but mobile persons may be unaware of the need to evacuate, and should be calmly advised that an emergency evacuation is in progress.  They should use the nearest exit to leave the building.

Mobility-impaired persons should be assisted, if necessary, to the nearest exit or enclosed stairwell landing; staying out of the rush of traffic.  To reduce the risk of personal injury, attempts to carry mobility-impaired persons are discouraged and should not be attempted by other than trained personnel.

Residence Hall: Directors shall maintain a current list that includes the names, physical impairments, and floor locations of impaired residents.  This list shall be presented to emergency response personnel in the event of an emergency evacuation.  Residence Hall directors shall also ensure that impaired occupants receive training in evacuation procedures.  Stairwell/Hall Monitors, after checking floors and rendering assistance to the physically impaired as requested, shall inform emergency personnel of the location of impaired residents.  Physically impaired individuals shall inform Residence Hall Directors and Stairwell/Hall Monitors of any physical restrictions they have which would affect their ability to leave their rooms or floors if an emergency evacuation should be necessary.


After contacting Public Safety, and after meeting with the University Police, contact your supervisor.