Dear Colleagues: Let me start this “syllabus reminders” email with a thank you. What a year 2020 has been, and we are barely halfway through it. You migrated your classes online last spring with little advance notice. Those of you…
Fire and Life Safety Services to Conduct Summer Evacuation Drills
Fire and Life Safety Services (FLSS) will conduct the summer evacuation drills in academic and administrative buildings from Monday, May 21, through Friday, May 25. The building evacuation drills will be conducted in the morning between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. or in the afternoon/evening between 1:30 and 9 p.m. A schedule of the evacuation drills by date and building can be viewed on the Department of Public Safety website.
The drills are essential to enhance the effectiveness of the University’s building evacuation plans by reinforcing occupant awareness of the procedures to follow when a building evacuation is necessary.
FLSS has worked with Academic Affairs in scheduling the drills to minimize the disruption of classes and research in academic buildings. Each building drill should last approximately 5-10 minutes.
To enhance the effectiveness of the drills, below are procedures to follow when evacuating a building:
• As an occupant, know at least two ways to exit a building as there could be times when your primary means of egress is obstructed by smoke or material.
• When the fire alarm sounds, lock your work area/office, take your keys and personal belongings with you and then immediately exit the building.
• Do not use an elevator.
• When exiting a building, do so calmly and quickly via the nearest exit.
• Once outside, move a safe distance away from the building so that in the event of an actual building fire, emergency crews can get into the building.
• During an extended evacuation, you may be instructed by University emergency response personnel to a designated short-term emergency evacuation center (Hendricks Chapel and Schine Student Center for North Campus or Goldstein Student Center and Manley Field House for South Campus).
• For the purposes of the drill, do not re-enter the building until an “all clear” is given by FLSS or when the fire alarm audible is silent. In the event of an actual fire, the “all clear” for the building re-entry will be given by the City Fire Department or authority having jurisdiction.
• University officials will follow the procedure for emergency evacuation for persons with disabilities during the drill. Persons may be asked to remain in the building by uniformed University officials.
• If you observe persons with disabilities in the building, please advise emergency response officials of their location once you are outside the building.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact FLSS at 315.443.5475.