Evacuation Plans and Procedures


Evacuation Table of Contents

 Evacuation Plan

If a building needs to be evacuated, the fire alarm(s) will be pulled.  The Safety and Security, Plant Services or Residence Life personnel will circulate to give directions about the emergency and the next steps to take.  Evacuation from buildings may be required due to emergencies such as fire, chemical spill, flooding, gas leak, bomb or other threats or during other immediate safety and health crises.  Fire extinguishers/pull stations are located on every floor.  The SLC emergency notification system may also be activated.

 Evacuation Procedures  

If the fire alarm is sounding:

  • Close the door, use the stairs, and exit the building at the closest exit (if clear of danger).  Do not use the elevator during fires.  Remain calm, do not panic, and proceed calmly to the exterior, assisting others whenever possible.  Proceed to the designated meeting area.
    • Students - Instructors will notify you of the location of the designated evacuation area.  Instructors are responsible to account for students in the class.
    • Staff and Faculty - Your supervisor will determine the location of the designated evacuation area.  Supervisors are responsible to account for employees.
    • Other Staff and Faculty - Go to the designated area assigned to your building.
    • Other students and guests - Go to the nearest evacuation area.
  • Follow directions of fire, police, Safety and Security.
  • Do not re-enter the building until the “All Clear” signal when it is safe to enter the building.

 Emergency Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities

If a Student

The Director of Plant Services meets with students (who identify themselves as needing assistance) to assist them to prepare for an emergency and discuss the following with them:

  • Locating exits and practice how an evacuation will be handled
  • Asking a co-worker, friend, or fellow student to provide assistance if an emergency develops.  Copies of the evacuation plans are filed with Safety and Security.

If an Employee

  • The employee meets with Human Resources and the Department Supervisor to prepare for an emergency and create a plan.

General Guidelines (may not apply in every circumstance)

  • Ask two individuals to assist with evacuation assistance.
  • If an individual is unable to use the fire exit stairway, the individual should be escorted to the fire exit stairway landing as a "Safe Area of Rescue".  One member of the escort team should remain with the individual with the disability to provide additional assistance.  The other member should exit the building according to protocol and make contact with emergency personnel indicating that a person with a disability is waiting for rescue on the specified floor within the exit stairwell.
  • Always ask a disabled person how you can help before attempting to give assistance.
  • Before attempting an evacuation, volunteers and the individual being assisted should discuss how any lifting will be done and where they are going.  (Untrained personnel should consider evacuating a non-ambulatory person only when the person is in immediate danger of harm if not evacuated.) Proper lifting techniques (e.g. bending the knees, keeping the back straight, holding the person close before lifting, and using leg muscles to lift) should be used to avoid injury to the rescuers' backs.

Hearing Impaired

Buildings on campus are equipped with fire alarm strobe lights.  Persons with hearing impairments may not hear audible emergency alarms and will need to be alerted of emergency situations.   Get the attention of a person with a hearing disability.  Clearly state the problem.  Gestures and pointing are helpful, but be prepared to write a brief statement if the person does not seem to understand.  Offer visual instructions to advise of safest route or direction by pointing toward exists or evacuation maps.

Visually Impaired

Most people with a visual impairment will be familiar with their surroundings and frequently traveled routes.  Since the emergency evacuation route is likely different from the commonly traveled route, persons who are visually impaired may need assistance in evacuating.  Give verbal instructions to advise about the safest route, estimated distances, and direction.  DO NOT grasp a visually impaired person's arm.  Ask if he or she would like to hold onto your arm as you exit, especially if there is debris or a crowd.

Horizontal Evacuation

Horizontal Evacuation means moving away from the area of danger to a safer place within the building.  This type of evacuation may be required in situations where the individual(s) cannot use exit stairs to get to the outside, and must remain within the building until help arrives.  In this case, the individual(s) should move away from the area of imminent danger (detectable smoke, fire or unusual odor) to a safe distance (i.e. another wing of the building, the opposite end of the corridor, or outside of the building).

 Evacuation Destinations  

Conditions requiring an evacuation of a building or buildings cannot be accurately predicted.  Flexibility in responding to an order to evacuate is paramount to the safety of all those involved.  In the event that one or more of the Silver Lake College buildings must be evacuated, consideration is to be given to the local emergency services response procedures, gathering areas to account for evacuees, and the shelter of evacuees from the elements or other potentially harmful conditions.  

Emergency vehicle response routes

During an evacuation, evacuees and persons directing their movement must remain alert for the ingress of emergency response equipment which will likely enter the Campus from Alverno Road or US-151.  These entrances must be kept clear, and should not be used as gathering areas.   Evacuees should attempt to avoid gathering near fire hydrants or within the fire lanes surrounding the SLC buildings.

Gathering areas

It is recommended that the first consideration following an evacuation order (fire alarm, Public Address System, or SLC Alert) will be to immediately leave the building and move at least fifty (50) feet away.  Environmental conditions (e.g. smoke, rain, extreme cold, etc.) will have a bearing on where a gathering area will afford protection of the evacuees. 

Persons leaving the SLC Academic building may gather at the west end of the building, or near the garages located to the south of the building, or into the northeast parking lot.  Persons evacuating Clare Hall should proceed to the area near the garages located to the south of the building, or to the plaza area to the east of the building.  Persons evacuating the Generose Center should go to the west parking lot, or down the hill to the Clare Hall plaza.

Emergency shelter of evacuees

During inclement weather or other potentially harmful conditions, evacuees may be directed from an affected building to an adjacent, unaffected building for temporary shelter until the matter is resolved.  Announcements regarding the location of temporary shelter will be directed to the post evacuation gathering areas.

Evacuation of the Campus

In the event that a general evacuation of the Silver Lake College Campus is ordered, direction will be given through the public safety command post.  Such an evacuation will be directed by law enforcement, fire or emergency management officials.