Evacuation

In the event of an emergency that requires evacuation of the building (such as a fire, significant toxic gas release, explosion, etc.):

R.A.C.E. (Rescue, Alarm, Confine, Evacuate):

  • Rescue:
    • Try to rescue any personnel in immediate danger if it does not put you in imminent danger.
  • Alarm:
    • Pull the building fire alarm or call 911.
    • All of the fire alarm pull stations are labeled.
    • If you talk with a 911 operator, state your name, address, and nature of the problem.
    • Speak slowly and clearly.
    • Wait for the dispatcher to hang up.
  • Confine:
    • Close all doors, windows, and other openings that would aid in the spread of fire or toxic fumes.
  • Evacuate:
    • Evacuate the building.
    • When evacuating the building, leave by the nearest, safe, staircase in an orderly manner.
    • DO NOT use the elevators unless under police or fire department supervision.
    • Evacuation floor plans are posted at various areas around the building for route of quickest egress.
    • Assembly at you pre-designated rally point and identify any individuals you think might still be in the building and alert fire or police department personnel.

Mobility Impaired:

  • In cases of emergencies, those individuals with mobility impairments, who are not on the ground floor, may need assistance with building evacuation:

Ambulatory Individuals:

  • This includes people who are blind, deaf, or whose mobility is restricted by the use of walkers or crutches.
  • Assistance can be provided by guiding them to a stairwell, waiting until a clear passage is established, and helping them down the stairs to the designated meeting area.

Non-Ambulatory Individuals:

  • These individuals use wheelchairs.
  • To assist these individuals, proceed as follows:
    • Call 911 and provide them with as much information as is possible.
      • Most importantly, provide them with the location of the individual.
    • If safe to do so, move the person near the stairwell and await assistance
    • If the hazard becomes life-threatening, move the individual into a room and close the door. Inform emergency personnel immediately of the person s location.