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Emergency Guide Building Evacuation

Table of Contents

Part I: Essential Information for Emergency Preparedness

Building Evacuation

If a fire alarm sounds or if asked to evacuate, leave the building immediately

The purpose of evacuating a building is to remove the occupants from dangerous and potentially life-threatening conditions presented by:
  • A fire
  • A suspected explosive device
  • A hazardous material release
  • Air contamination
  • Active shooter
  • Other life-threatening situation
When evacuating a building:
  • Remain calm
  • Proceed to the nearest safe exit
  • Do not use the elevators
  • Assist disabled persons – if the person cannot be moved to the exit, ask the person to remain at that location, leave the building, and advise a firefighter or police officer of the person’s location
  • Once outside, stay at least 200 feet from the building unless otherwise directed by a public safety official
  • Once outside, do not return until directed by a public safety official