Emergency Response Guide

Evacuation Procedures: Fire, Gas, or Explosion

Emergency evacuation instructions and maps are posted at strategic locations on our campuses for viewing by the college community.

Immediately get to a safe location and call Campus Police if you discover any of the following events requiring evacuation:

  • Fire
  • Smoke
  • Major gas leak
  • Explosion
  • Structural damage or collapse
  • Hazardous material spills, odors, or fumes

When an alarm sounds or if you are instructed to evacuate by a college representative:

  • Pay attention and follow instructions given over the public address systems.
  • Move quickly and use the nearest safe exit.
  • Do not use elevators unless authorized emergency personnel tell you to do so.
  • Move at least 1,000 feet away from the involved area.
  • Keep doorways, walkways, and roads clear for emergency vehicles and crews.
  • Do not re-enter the building until someone in authority gives an “all clear” signal.

If safe to do so, as you are leaving:

  • Activate a fire alarm by pulling on an alarm box.
  • Notify others who might not have heard the alarm or evacuation order.
  • Aid others in need of assistance in exiting the building.
  • Report any injured, missing, or trapped persons to emergency personnel as soon as possible.

If you are unable to leave the building immediately (because of a physical disability, injury, or obstruction):

  • Go to the nearest area where there are no hazards.
  • Call Campus Police to notify them of your situation.
  • Give an exact location with room numbers or prominent landmarks.
  • Signal out the window to emergency responders, if possible.


All fires occurring on campus must be reported to the Campus Police Department, including those that have been extinguished. Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire. Stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic as you evacuate. If clothing is on fire:

  • Drop to the ground or floor and roll to smother flames.
  • Smother flames using a blanket or other suitable object.
  • Drench with water, if available.
  • Call for immediate medical attention for all burns and injuries.

Serious Gas Leaks / Ventilation Problems

Do not switch on lights or any electrical equipment, including use of telephone or two-way radio. Remember, electrical arcing can trigger an explosion. Follow evacuation procedures and immediately call Campus Police from a safe location.


Immediately take cover under tables, desks, and other objects which will give protection against falling glass or debris. Follow evacuation procedures after the effects of the explosion have subsided.