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Evacuation & Shelter-in-Place

Building Evacuation Guidelines -- Fire

A fire evacuation will occur when smoke or fire is present inside a building. This type of evacuation may occur after the fire alarm system is automatically activated by a smoke or heat detector, or by activation of a sprinkler system. Building fire alarm activation may also occur when a manual pull station is activated by a person upon discovery of a fire.

When a fire is discovered or the fire alarm system is activated, all personnel must stop what they are doing and immediately evacuate the building. Upon exiting the building, all personnel should report to their designated assembly area.

Building Evacuation -- Fire (All Positions)

  • Upon discovery of smoke or fire, activate a manual pull station and proceed to nearest exit (if fire alarm activation has not already occurred).
  • Everyone MUST exit the building.
  • Instructors need to make sure that their class know the evacuations procedures.
  • If situation allows take your personal belongs (keys, purse, etc.).
  • Do not use the elevator.
  • Turn of personal computer or other equipment.
  • Immediately evacuate and proceed to your building evacuation assembly point unless otherwise instructed. The assembly points are located at least a safe distance (200 ft.) from each building. Do not stop in the entryway of the building.
  • While evacuating the building provide assistance, as you deem reasonable, to other building occupants along your path of travel to your designated assembly area.
  • Direct building occupants to evacuate and proceed to nearest designated assembly area.
  • Notify Owens Police Department of type and location of fire.
  • Ensure building occupants do not reenter the building until released by emergency responders.
  • Ensure order and safety of building occupants is maintained at Designed Assembly Area.
  • Follow instructions of the Emergency Response Building Coordinators or any emergency responders.
  • Use handrails in stairwells -- stay to the right.
  • Move to your evacuation assembly point unless otherwise instructed. The assembly points are located at least a safe distance (200 ft.) from each building.
  • As you evacuate check closed doors for heat before opening.
  • Assist people with disabilities or make any emergency responders aware of their location.
  • Move away from the building quickly.

After you have evacuated the building, do not return to the building until notified it is safe to do so by a Building Safety Coordinator, a member of the Public Safety Department, Building & Grounds Department, an emergency responder or your supervisor.

Note: Just because the fire alarm is no longer sounding, you must stay outside of the building until an "All Clear" has been issued.

General Building Evacuation Guidelines

A general building evacuation will be used when fire alarm system activation is discouraged or not needed, but evacuation of the building is required for safety purposes. A general building evacuation may be used for a bomb threat, suspicious package, hazardous materials incident, natural gas leak, utility disruption, power outage, building damage from severe weather, post-lockdown, or for any other reason requiring evacuation of the building.

General Building Evacuation -- All Positions:

  • Notify personnel in surrounding areas of General Building Evacuation (if Owens Police have not made notification).
  • Proceed to designated assembly area (or as directed by emergency responders).
  • While evacuating the building provide assistance, as you deem reasonable, to other building occupants along your path of travel to your designated assembly area.
  • Direct building occupants to evacuate and proceed to closest designated assembly area (or as directed by emergency responders).
  • Make note of anything out of the ordinary while evacuating (suspicious objects, odors, and people).
  • Ensure order and safety of building occupants is maintained at designed assembly area.
  • After you have evacuated the building, do not return until notified it is safe to do so by a Building Safety Coordinator, a member of the Public Safety Department, Building & Grounds Department, an emergency responder or your supervisor.

Preparedness

Common sense is the finest safety defense. Prepare yourself in advance by knowing evacuation routes to exits. Exit maps are located in each campus building. Remember there is always more than one exit in all campus buildings to be used in the event one an exit is blocked or unsafe to use.

Evacuation Relocation

Evacuation relocation may be needed when further response to, recovery from, or investigation of an incident involving the building is necessary. Evacuation relocation will require the building occupants to relocate due to the need to remain outside of the building for an extended period of time. The building occupants will be relocated to a temporary shelter rally point. This may also require cancellation or postponement of classes and events to be held in the building.

Shelter-in-Place

What does it mean to Shelter-In-Place?

Shelter-in-place means to seek immediate shelter and remain there during an emergency rather than evacuate the area. Shelter-in-place will only be used when an evacuation is not safe, however, it should not be used during a fire situation. Certain events may necessitate the initiation of Owens College shelter-in-place protocol, such as large hazardous material incidents, severe weather, or violent person(s).

Owens College recognizes three different actions for a shelter-in-place situation:

  1. Sheltering oneself from severe weather conditions.
  2. Sealing oneself in a room to protect against a hazardous materials spill/release.
  3. Securing oneself in a room during a violent situation.

Shelter-in-Place Notification

A shelter-in-place notification may come from several sources, Public Safety -- Police, Building and Grounds Staff, other College employees, or other authorities utilizing the Owens Alert Management system or building intercom system.

Procedure

During certain emergency situations, particularly chemical releases, radioactive material releases and some weather emergencies, you may be advised to "Shelter in Place" rather than evacuate the building.

  • Go or stay inside the building.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If possible, go to a room or corridor where there are no windows. In the event of a chemical release, go to an above-ground level of the building, since some chemicals are heavier than air and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
  • If possible, monitor for additional information via the main web page, or television for further instructions.
  • Do not call 911 unless you are reporting a life-threatening situation.

Severe Weather/Tornado

  • Follow Tornado Warning protocols.

Hostile Individual/Active Shoot

If Advised:

  • Close all exterior doors and windows
  • Turn off any ventilation leading outdoors. The Facilities Department can shut down HVAC remotely by computer controls.
  • Seal doors, windows, and vents with plastic sheets and duct tape if available.
  • Cover up food not in containers or put it in the refrigerator.
  • Cover mouth and nose with handkerchief, cloth, paper towels or tissues.

Remain inside the location until an "all clear" message is received.






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