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Building Evacuation Procedures

Learn how to safely evacuate your building or area in an emergency.

Follow these building evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency:

1. Safely stop your work.

  • Shut down equipment that could become unstable or present a hazard.
  • Gather your personal belongings such as glasses, prescription medication, keys, purse.

2. Leave the building through the nearest door with an EXIT sign.

  • Do not use elevators.
  • Go to the nearest safe stairway.
  • Help those who need special assistance, such as disabled persons and small children.
  • Touch closed doors before opening. If the surface is hot, do not open — use another exit route.
  • Close, but do not lock, all doors as you leave.

3. Report to your designated assembly area.

  • Stay in your designated outdoor assembly area for a head count.
  • Report any missing individuals and last known locations to emergency responders.
  • Notify emergency responders about sensitive research, operating equipment, animals left in buildings, etc.

4. Wait for instructions from emergency responders.

  • Remain outside at your designated assembly area.
  • Do not reenter the building until authorized to do so by an appropriate authority (police, fire department, etc.).

Learn about your emergency exit routes now.

  • Check the emergency evacuation plan posted in your building.
  • Find the outside assembly area for your workgroup.
  • Read your department's Emergency Action Plan. Ask your Department Safety Coordinator for help.
    • Every department has an Emergency Action Plan with evacuation procedures for clearing all students, faculty, staff, and visitors from the building or facility, including procedures for people with disabilities.
For more information, contact EH&S Emergency Management and Mission Continuity.