Emergency Evacuation of a Building
We highly encourage students with disabilities to have a thoughtful plan for evacuation each semester of attendance considering the location of your classrooms. For support with an individual assessment and creating a plan for evacuation, please schedule a meeting with staff in Accessibility Resources.
In an emergency situation, it is critical to your health and safety that you are familiar with your needs during an emergency evacuation. All employees and students must evacuate a building when the fire alarm system is activated or when directed to do so by emergency personnel (security, fire department, law enforcement, etc.). If time allows, remember to take with you any personal belongings, e.g., vehicle keys, house keys, medications, etc. This is particularly important should the evacuation prove to be long-term.
Individuals with disabilities who require assistance in evacuating shall go to the closest stairwell. They should tell a faculty or staff member, co-worker, or student who is exiting the building to notify emergency personnel in which stair well they are located. Emergency personnel will respond and assist that individual in evacuating the building. Use of the elevator is prohibited except by or under the direct supervision of emergency services personnel.
Individuals with visual impairments should ask for assistance from a fellow student or staff member to exit the building. When a visual alarm signal is not available, persons with hearing impairments should request an alternative warning, such as a written note or a flashing of the light switch.
Once outside, proceed to a clear area from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. Wait there for further instructions. Security personnel will respond to the emergency and, if it is determined that the evacuation is of a short-term nature, you may be directed to return to the building.
If it is determined by emergency personnel that the evacuation will be long-term, you will be instructed to report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). The EAA on this campus is the Taylor Center, Bresnan Arena. Should the Taylor Center be the building being evacuated, the Centennial Student Union Ballroom is the alternate EAA location.
In addition, students are encouraged to contact their residential hall complex directors to discuss evacuation procedures specific to their residence halls.
For your safety and well-being, evacuation of buildings in emergency situations is not discretionary; evacuation of all non-emergency personnel is mandatory.
For further consideration of your personal safety, this Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide is a good resource.