Department ofEnvironmental, Health, Safety & Emergency Programs


Before opening the door, feel the upper portion of the door or the doorknob. If it is not hot, brace yourself against the door and open it slightly. If you encounter heat or heavy smoke in the corridor, close the door and stay in the room. Seal the cracks around the door with clothing, tape or other material, soaking them in water when possible. Hang an object out of the window, such as a shirt, jacket, or anything that will attract attention.

If your clothing catches fire, STOP, DROP, and ROLL. Stop running. Drop to the floor. Roll to smother the fire.


Evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds or when you are directed by emergency responders to do so. Occupants may also initiate an evacuation by warning others of a hazard in the building or by pulling the fire alarm. Not all buildings have pull stations.

If you can leave the room, close all doors behind you as you move to the closest exit or stairway. DO NOT lock doors. If the nearest exit is blocked, go to an alternate exit. If all exits are blocked, go to the room furthest from the fire, close the door, and follow procedures above.

Do NOT use the elevator in case of fire or earthquake. If the emergency is not a fire or earthquake, mobility impaired people have priority for using the elevators. Offer assistance to disabled people.

Once outside, move to the evacuation assembly area. Go to for a map of assembly areas.


Please check-in with your instructor, conference leader, resident assistant (RA), emergency building coordinator (EBC), or Campus Safety personnel during emergencies.

Faculty, conference leaders, EBCs, and RAs should note those who are Present or Absent from the assembly area, including visitors. If absent, provide as much information as possible about the absence to enable responders to determine whether the person may be in need of assistance or is simply not on campus that day.

Give roll call sheets and a verbal alert regarding missing or injured persons to the EBC, Campus Safety responder, or other recognized emergency responder. EBCs and RAs may be in a green vest and/or holding an evacuation assembly area sign.

Report important infomation (like missing students) to Campus Safety.

Other Actions

Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency response vehicles and personnel. Keep clear of the emergency command post unless you have important information to report, such as a missing person. Return to the building only when directed by recognized emergency response personnel.