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Evacuation drills on campus are conducted on a regular basis. Facilities such as the University Village Apartments and the Children’s Center have a more frequent drill schedule. Notice may or may not be given in advance of a drill; however, all building occupants are required to cooperate.
Prepare: determine in advance the nearest exit from your work location and the route you shall follow to reach that exit in an emergency. Emergency evacuation signage is posted in buildings. Building occupants should become familiar with evacuation routes and assembly points. Establish an alternate route to be used in the event your route is blocked or unsafe.
During an evacuation:
If relocating outside the building:
Persons using crutches, canes or walkers:
In emergency evacuations, these individuals should be treated as if they were injured. Have the individual sit on a sturdy chair, preferably a chair with arms, and follow the procedure for non-ambulatory persons discussed below.
Evacuation may not be necessary or advisable. Many stairwells are designed to provide temporary protection from fire or other danger. An able bodied volunteer shall stay with a wheelchair user on the stairwell platform while a second person notifies emergency personnel or paramedics of the exact location of the wheelchair user. If immediate evacuation is necessary, be aware of the following considerations:
Always consult with people in the wheelchairs, asking them how you might assist them; i.e.,
The visually impaired:
Most visually impaired persons shall be familiar with their immediate work area. In an emergency situation, describe the nature of the emergency and offer to act as a “sighted guide.” Offer your elbow and escort them to a safe place. As you walk, describe where you are and advise them of any obstacles. When you have reached safety, orient the person as to where you are and ask if any further assistance is needed.
The hearing impaired:
Because persons with impaired hearing may not hear emergency alarms, alternative warning techniques are required. Two methods are:
One responsibility of University Police, in the event of a campus closure or evacuation, is to direct vehicles off campus in a safe and controlled manner, following a traffic management plan. The officer in charge shall alter the plan when necessary due to:
Staffing is contingent upon the number of police, parking, and community service officers currently on call.
This plan begins with the “worst-case” scenario — immediate campus evacuation. The plan may be modified to establish additional points of traffic control, dependent upon staff availability. Initially, University Police and Facilities Services staff shall be the primary controllers and shall report to the following intersections:
The most congested areas on campus, during mass egress, are Craven Road, between Palm Canyon Drive and Twin Oaks Valley Road. The goal of the controllers shall be to keep traffic moving in a manner that will favor traffic flow on these streets: