Building Evacuations

Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and catastrophes, such as chemical spills, biological threats, aircraft accidents, or explosions, are potential hazards that can affect any campus. 

 We must be prepared for all of these, as well as human-made crisis', which can come in the form of bomb threats, terrorism or violence on campus.

 The objective of these pages is to provide a safe and efficient method to evacuate the entire campus or part of the campus in the event of a disaster on or near campus or to shelter in place. 

Emergency Coordinator's assigned to College facilities will assist first responders in the execution of emergency plans.  Emergency Coordinators are volunteers and will be responsible for accountability of faculty, staff, and guests of the college.

The building coordinators can be seen by using your NetID and password here.  You will need College authorization to get this information.

General Population Evacuation

To be prepared for an emergency, at all times, you should:
  • Recognize the sound of the evacuation fire alarm.
  • Know at least two ways out of the building.
  • Know the predetermined meeting location for your group.
  • Know your Emergency Coordinator
When you hear the evacuation alarm or are verbally instructed by an appropriate authority to begin evacuating the building:
  • Make sure that all individuals in your area hear the alarm and evacuate the area by quickly checking nearby restrooms, copier rooms, storage rooms, etc. as you exit.
  • Use the nearest stairway. Do not use the elevator.
  • Accompany and assist persons with disabilities to the nearest "area of refuge."
  • Shut all doors behind you as you go. Closed doors can slow the spread of fire, smoke, and water.
  • Evacuate as quickly as possible but in an orderly manner. Do not push or shove.
  • Once outside, move to your predetermined assembly area or follow the instructions of emergency personnel on the scene. Stay away from building entrances to avoid interfering with emergency personnel or equipment.
  • During working hours Emergency Coordinators will direct & assist in the evacuation needs of your building.

Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities

The following information provides basic guidelines for assisting persons with physical disabilities during an emergency evacuation.

Ground Floor

Persons with physical disabilities should go to the nearest "area of refuge" on their floor.

Above or Below Ground Floors

Visually Impaired

Tell the person with the visual impairment the nature of the emergency and offer to guide the person to the nearest exit.  Have the person take your elbow and escort him/her out of the building.  As you walk, advise the person of any obstacles.  When you reach your assembly area, orient the person to where he/she is and ask if any further assistance is necessary.

Hearing Impaired

Alert the person that there is an emergency situation by using hand gestures or by turning the light switch on and off.  Verbalize or mouth instructions or provide the individual with a short note containing instructions.  Offer assistance as you leave the building.

Mobility Impaired

Since elevators should not be used for evacuation during an emergency, persons with mobility impairments need assistance evacuating.  Individuals who can walk may be able to evacuate  themselves.  Walk with the person to provide assistance if necessary.

Evacuating individuals who are not able to walk is much more complicated. If there is no immediate danger, take the individual to the nearest "area of refuge" on their floor.  Whenever possible, someone should remain with the person while another individual exits the building and notifies emergency personnel of the mobility impaired person's exact location/"area of refuge."

Only in situations of extreme and immediate danger should you try to evacuate a wheelchair user yourself. The person with the disability is the best authority on how he/she should be moved. Ask before you move someone. While it is best to let professional emergency personnel conduct the evacuation, a person with a mobility impairment can be carried by two people who have interlocked their arms to form a "chair" or by carrying the person in a sturdy office chair.

During working hours emergency coordinators will direct & assist in the evacuation needs of your building.