Emergency Evacuation Procedure
All personnel should familiarize themselves with the following information:
The quickest exit route out of the building. Have a backup or alternate path out of the building. Elevators and bridges should be avoided in emergencies and should not be used in the event of fire or tornado. In emergencies other than fire and tornado, elevators may be used by people with mobility impairments.
The location of the nearest manual fire alarm pull station in your building and how to activate it.
Any co-workers, students or visitors who will require assistance in exiting the building and prepare to provide whatever help is necessary. Persons with disability-related evacuation needs are encouraged to discuss their needs with their Area Coordinator in advance.
What your department looks like on a daily and routine basis. Suspicious objects can only be identified by those who know what to expect or to anticipate in their worksite.
The locations of emergency assembly areas, and the evacuation routes you should follow to reach them. Do not stand in driveways or roadways: emergency responders need clear access to buildings.
How to turn off machinery and equipment at your worksite, which if left running for an extended period may create additional safety hazards (e.g., coffee makers, Bunsen burners, toaster ovens, etc.)
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Emergency Evacuation Instructions
Building occupants are required to evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds or when directed to do so by emergency responders.
Upon the sounding of a fire alarm or other evacuation alarm, all building occupants shall immediately leave the building and proceed to your emergency evacuation assembly area. Occupants will only be allowed to return when the building has been declared safe by emergency responders.
When evacuating your building or work area:
Stay calm. Do not rush or panic.
Safely stop your work.
Gather your personal belongings if it is safe to do so. Take prescription medications, keys, purse, glasses, etc. with you if at all possible as it may be hours before you are allowed back into the building.
If safe, close your office door and window, but do not lock them.
Use the nearest safe stairs and proceed to the nearest exit. Do not use the elevator.
Proceed to the designated emergency evacuation assembly area.
Wait for instructions from emergency responders.
Do not re-enter the building or work area until you have been instructed to do so by emergency responders, i.e., Manhattan Fire Department or University Police Department
Fire - What to Do
Should you encounter a fire or find significant smoke in our buildings, please do the following:
Step 1: Report the fire/smoke to emergency personnel. Find the nearest fire alarm pull station and pull the alarm. If you are not in immediate danger, call 911 from a safe location to confirm emergency dispatch has the alarm and provide additional details on the fire. You should always pull the alarm first and then call 911 so as to ensure building occupants get notice to evacuate the building.
Step 2: Evacuate the building immediately via the nearest safe exit. Use stairwells, not elevators. Do not spend time attempting to save material - your life is more important. Ensure doors close behind you. If you encounter a good deal of smoke or fire, use your secondary exit. If a secondary exit is not available, keep low or crawl to find better air. If you encounter a closed door, feel the door with the back of your hand. If it is cool, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly, and if trapped by heat or smoke, close the door and stay in the room.
Step 3: After leaving the building, proceed to your designed emergency assembly area.
Tornado or Severe Weather – What to Do
Step 1: Remain calm; proceed to the designated tornado shelter for the building. In most cases, this is the lowest floor in the central core of the building. If you are outside when the sirens go off, seek shelter immediately. Go into the closest building and seek out the lowest floor in the center of the building. Protect yourself from falling objects and broken glass by getting under a desk or table. Face AWAY from windows. DO NOT attempt to run out of the room or building.
Step 2: After the tornado has passed, report any injuries. Call 911 for ambulance and fire; call the University police to report building damage.
- Step 3: Ensure you evacuate the building after the tornado. Natural gas or hazardous materials could be leaking and not be readily apparent to you.