If evacuation is ordered, follow these procedures:
- Stay calm, do not rush, and do not panic
- Safely stop your work
- Gather your personal belongings if it is safe to do so. Take prescription medications out with you if at all possible; it may be hours before you are allowed back into the building
- Before opening any door, feel the door. If is HOT, do not open it; if it is not hot, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly, and if heat or heavy smoke are present, close the door and stay in the your room.
- If you cannot leave the room,
- Open the window and hang a light-color object out of the window to attract the attention of emergency personnel and then close the window.
- If there if a phone in the room, call (9) 9 – 1 – 1 and report that you are trapped.
- Stuff towels, coats, or similar materials under all doors leading into the corridors. Stay close to the floor if smoke enters the room.
- If safe, close your office door and window, but do not lock them (leave the overhead light ON)
- Walk directly to the nearest exit, leave the building and proceed to the pre-designated assembly area where a head count can be taken and any missing individuals can be noted.
- DO NOT use the elevator. If hallways and/or exit stairwells are not accessible because of heavy smoke, return to your room, close the door and follow the instructions give above.
- Hold handrails when you are walking on stairs
- Move to the right if you encounter emergency personnel on stairs
- Assist any co-workers or visitors who may not be familiar with the emergency evacuation procedures.
- Wait for any instructions from emergency responders
- DO NOT re-enter the building or work area until you have been instructed to do so by the emergency responders
A power outage does not necessarily call for evacuation of a building. The overall safety of the building must first be evaluated, including lighting, hazardous materials, ventilation systems, and other hazardous operations. If the building can be safely occupied, evacuation is not necessary.
NOTE: It is suggested that people with special needs prepare for emergencies by learning the locations of exit corridors and enclosed stairwells and by informing their Floor Captain, co-workers, instructors, and/or classmates of the best methods of assistance during an emergency. If you wish to have assistance in preplanning, please contact the Floor Captain or Safety Committee representative.