Eastern Michigan University

Environmental Health & Safety

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Evacuation means moving all people from a threatened area to a safer place. In cases requiring the evacuation of one building, occupants should proceed to a designated meeting area. When orders are given to evacuate multiple buildings or large areas of the campus, occupants should proceed to the evacuation area as directed by the Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Please take time prior to an emergency to review your Building Emergency Plan for specific details regarding building evacuation and the location of Designated Meeting Areas.


If You Hear The Fire Alarm Or Are Instructed To Leave The Building

1. If told to evacuate, REMAIN CALM. There are a variety of communication tools that will be used to keep you informed (PA systems, text alerting, e-mail).

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2. EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. Everyone is required to evacuate immediately anytime a fire alarm sounds or an evacuation order is given. Classes in session must evacuate.

3. Tell others to evacuate as you leave the building

4. When you evacuate, take keys, coat, purse and any other easily accessible critical personal items with you to the Designated Meeting Area (DMA). However, if these items are located on another floor or in another room, evacuate without these items.

5. Walk calmly, but quickly, to the nearest emergency exit.

6. If you are involved with hazardous research or doing a dangerous procedure, immediately shut down operations that could create additional hazards if left unattended. Evacuate as soon as possible. Inform the Building Administrator of any potential hazards related to the operation or project.

7. Check the door and door knob for heat before opening the door. If there is no heat or obvious hazards, open the door and check the exit route before leaving. Close doors as rooms are vacated.

8. Keep to the right side of corridors and stairwells as you exit.

9. If you are on a lower floor, it is critical that you evacuate immediately so that those on upper floors are not caught in a backup in the stairwells as they descend to the lower floors. DO NOT ATTEMPT to go back up stairs.

10. Use stairways only. Do not use elevators.

11. Follow the instructions of emergency personnel regarding alternate exit routes, should your normal pathway be blocked.

12. Assist those who need help, but do not put yourself at risk attempting to rescue trapped or injured victims. Note location of trapped and injured victims and notify emergency personnel.

13. Proceed directly to the DMA. Stay away from the immediate area near the building you evacuated. Remain in the DMA until attendance is taken and instructions are given.

14. Do not re-enter the building until emergency personnel give the “All Clear” instruction.


Campus-Wide Evacuation

1. A campus-wide evacuation is used to get students, faculty, staff and visitors off the EMU campus due to a severe emergency in the area.

2. If roads are usable, leave by a main exit, following directives of emergency personnel.

3. Proceed to a safe location as directed by emergency personnel.

4. Drive with caution and courtesy and follow directions.

5. Do not block the way for other vehicles.

6. If the road is not usable, leave your vehicle and evacuate on foot.


Evacuation Guidelines For People With Functional Needs And Those Who Assist Them

1. Only attempt an emergency evacuation if you have had emergency assistance training or the person is in immediate danger and cannot wait for emergency services personnel.

2. Always ask how you can help before attempting any emergency evacuation assistance. Ask how he or she can best be assisted or moved, and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.

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3. If unable to evacuate, people with functional needs are to shelter in place in an Area of Refuge and wait for emergency personnel. The Areas of Refuge are stairwells in most buildings. Be sure to let someone know your location and condition and wait for help.

4. Emergency personnel will determine if it is safe to attempt to evacuate the individual.


For your own safety, you MUST evacuate when ordered to do so. This includes activation of an audible or visible fire alarm or verbal orders from emergency response personnel.