Evacuation Procedures

The recipient of a notice to evacuate all or part of the campus from an outside agency will immediately relay that information to Campus Safety and to the president.

Building Evacuation

  1. Total building evacuations will occur when a building alarm (fire alarm) sounds
    and/or upon notification through the Blackboard Connect Campus Alert System or by campus safety or facilities personnel.
  2. During an evacuation, leave by the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.
  3. Assist any individual with a disability to exit the building. Remember that elevators are reserved for persons with disabilities. Do not use the elevators in cases of fire or earthquake. 
  4. Once outside, proceed to a clear area that is at least 100 feet away from the
    affected building.
  5. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  6. If you know that there is a designated area assembly point, report to that area and remain until an accurate headcount is taken. Department heads or supervisors will report any missing personnel to the senior executive of the sector.
  7. Do not return to an evacuated building unless authorized by a college
  8. In some instances, it may be necessary to implement a lock-out of the building. No one will be allowed to enter the building unless authorized by emergency personnel.
  9. If a residence is not habitable, the director of campus life will determine where to relocate the students. For non-residential buildings, department heads in consultation with appropriate senior staff will determine how to relocate staff.

Campus Evacuation

  1. Evacuation of all or part of the campus grounds will be announced through the Blackboard Connect Campus Alert System as directed by the president or designee.
  2. All persons (students, faculty and staff) are to immediately vacate the site in question and relocate to another part of the campus grounds or to an off-site location as directed.
  3. In the event of an all-campus evacuation, local police, fire or other emergency management officials will respond immediately to campus and assume control of emergency operations and identify the location for an emergency action center.

Emergency Shutdown Procedures

In the event of a natural disaster in which major structural damage is sustained, Facilities and Service Management staff will be responsible for utilities shut-down processes, including electrical, natural gas, gas-chorine (pool).

Lock-in (Shelter in Place)

In the event of a campus emergency that affects only a portion of campus, building occupants may be required to remain in their current location. As in all other emergencies, notification will be provided through the campus alert system as well as by a walk-through of the building by a senior administrator in the building. In general, when this is the case, stay away from windows and doors. Depending on the emergency, individuals may need to seek shelter under desks or along interior walls. In such cases, occupants must stay in the building until an “all clear” notice is provided by authorized emergency personnel.