Plan in Advance. Individuals who need assistance during an evacuation, even temporarily (due to broken leg, illness, medications, etc.) should plan in advance. It is important to be aware of your own capabilities and limitations. Notify a director or department head if you use a particular building on a regular basis.
Notify an Area Coordinator or Resident Assistant in residence halls. Identify someone who might provide assistance in leaving the building and/or who will inform emergency management personnel of your presence and where you are located. Rescue is the Fire Department’s first priority.
Building Evacuation (Fire or Hazardous Materials, Bomb Threat, etc.)
- Exit the building immediately using the most direct route. If unable to evacuate on your own, ask for assistance to the nearest enclosed exit stair; or remain in your room.
- Fire stairways designated as Safe Havens provide the capability of communicating the location of the disabled person(s) requiring assistance to the Public Safety Department.
The following buildings are equipped with Safe Havens:
- Bartley Hall – Center Fire Tower (all levels)
- CEER Building – Main Entrance (2nd level)
- Falvey Library – North Fire Tower (all levels)
- Kennedy Hall – West Fire Tower (2nd level)
- Mendel Hall – Center Fire Tower (all levels)
- St. Augustine Center – East Fire Tower (all levels)
- Technical Services Building
Ask someone leaving the building to notify emergency responders of your location. If a phone is available, call 911 and tell them where you are.
Shelter in Place (Severe Weather, Active Shooter, etc.)
Seek shelter in a room with no windows on the interior of the building if possible. Follow standard procedures if possible. Call the Department of Public Safety at x4444 or (610) 519-4444 from a cellular phone and let them know your location. More Information: Disability Support Services (610) 519-4095.