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Building evacuation

Maps showing evacuation routes are posted in all campus buildings. You should become familiar with these exit routes for any building you frequent.

In compliance with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, written evacuation plans have have been developed for all buildings at the main campus in the event of a fire or other emergency. These plans are available in the Office of Campus Safety.

In case of a fire or other emergency that requires all occupants to immediately leave a building or area, evacuation will be signaled by the internal building alarm or by the direction of emergency personnel.

General procedures for a building evacuation

  • Leave the building or area immediately through the nearest exit. Evacuation is required when the alarm is sounding, for every individual in the building, whether student, faculty, staff, or visitor.
  • Do not use elevators during an evacuation.
  • Exit in an orderly fashion. Do not run or push. Running can lead to falls and injuries.
  • Gather at a designated meeting place or at a safe distance from the building or area, taking care not to block entrances or exits. Emergency personnel will need a clear path into and out of the building or area.
  • Report the condition and location of any persons unable to leave the building or area or who need assistance to emergency personnel.
  • Wait for the all-clear from emergency personnel before attempting to re-enter the building or area. If a fire or other incident makes a building or area unsafe to enter for a significant period of time, students, faculty, staff and/or visitors will be directed to a temporary shelter.

Individuals with disabilities

During an evacuation, follow the protocol outlined above. If you need assistance evacuating, ask a co-worker, friend, roommate, etc. for assistance, or notify them that you will wait by the nearest stairwell. Do not use an elevator during an evacuation. Also, call Campus Safety (573) 875-7315 and let the Campus Safety personnel know your exact location. Stay calm until help arrives.


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