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Emergency Preparedness

Evacuation Procedures Guidelines

Exigent circumstances: A situation where an immediate decision must be made due to the nature of the emergency or threat. An example of this may be a credible bomb threat or explosion.

Building Evacuation

a.     All building evacuations will occur when a building alarm (fire alarm) sounds and/or upon notification by the Department of Campus Safety.

b.     When the building evacuation alarm is activated during an emergency, leave by the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.

c.     Assist people with disabilities in exiting the building! Remember that elevators are reserved for people with disabilities. In case of fire or earthquake, do not use the elevators.

d.     Once outside, proceed to the predetermined assembly area that should be at least 500 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. Know your buildings evacuation assembly point noted on the Emergency Procedures poster.

e.     Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a College official.    

Campus Evacuation

a.     Evacuation of all or part of the campus will be announced by the Department of Campus Safety or appropriate agency.

b.     All persons (students and staff) are to vacate immediately the area of campus in question and relocate to the predetermined evacuation site.    


It may be safer to lock buildings down without evacuating in certain situations (e.g. armed intruder on campus).

a.     Plans will be developed to lock the affected areas in a timely manner.

b.     Subjects in affected buildings will be instructed to stay away from windows to minimize exposure.

Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities

a.     If you are unable to leave the building due to a physical disability:

b.     To assist visually impaired persons

c.     To alert people with hearing limitations

d.     To evacuate people using crutches, canes, or walkers

e.     To evacuate wheelchair users

f.      Evacu-Trac Devices – Devices to move disabled persons from upper floors are located in the following campus locations:

To Implement an Evacuation