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13. Evacuation Procedures


  • All building evacuations will occur when an audible alarm goes off with a warning that is issued via voice and over the phone text with the Informacast System or TerraAlert/Alertus (e2campus emergency notification system) upon notification by campus safety officers or college personnel. Individuals are asked to take all personnel items with them when they leave.
  • In the event of a campus-wide evacuation, all individuals, with the exception of those who are a part of the Chain of Command, will be directed to designated rally points.


Fire Evacuation Map 


  • If a fire alarm sounds, all persons should gather their belongings, use the nearest stairway and proceed to leave the building. All persons shall exit the building in an orderly fashion, according to the procedures followed during a routine fire drill.
  • When exiting building proceed to designated rally points. 
  • Elevators should never be used during a fire alarm.
  • Persons with mobility issues should wait at the stairwell until emergency personnel can assist them to the ground floor. An attempt should be made to notify Campus Safety of their location. In cases of imminent danger, others should immediately assist mobility-impaired people to reach safety.
  • Possible fire emergency(s) shall be reported to Campus Safety. Campus Safety will investigate and take charge of the situation until the fire department arrives. The same evacuation procedures apply for Explosions, Environmental explosions, Hazardous spills, Natural disasters, Mechanical failures, bomb threats, weapons of mass destruction and plane crashes.


Fire Evacuation Map 



  • If a tornado drill is issued by authorities or if tornado warning sirens are sounded, all people will be advised to move quickly to a designated tornado shelters on campus.
  • Campus notification will be completed by the Informacast System or TerraAlert/Alertus (e2campus emergency notification system) or by personal notification by Campus Security.
  • If appropriate tornado shelters are not available people should use protected stairwells or sit in the first floor hallways with their backs against the wall away from all glass.
  • Areas with glass windows or skylights should be avoided. Flying glass is responsible for many of the injuries resulting from tornado strikes on buildings.
  • People should remain in their shelters until the all clear is given by Campus Safety. Campus Safety personnel will go through the buildings to make sure everyone is informed of the all clear.


Storm Shelter Locations Map