Emergency Guidelines for the Campus Community

Emergency Action Planning

Potential emergencies in University buildings may require the occupants to evacuate the building.  The following information and procedures have been designed to help ensure your personal safety, should an evacuation become necessary.

University Fire Emergency Policy and Procedure

Each University Department must designate an Emergency Coordinator responsible for developing and maintaining a departmental Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and training employees on all elements of the plan as well as any special duties assigned specific individuals.  During a fire emergency, only individuals designated in the EAP may remain in the building to fulfill their responsibilities.  All other occupants must immediately evacuate the building in accordance with the departmental emergency action plan.

Each building on campus has an Emergency Action Plan.  Information specific to each plan includes:

Emergency Coordinator: Each University building has an appointed emergency coordinator.  The Emergency Coordinator is the first point of contact for questions about the emergency procedures and the emergency action plan.  A list of department emergency coordinators is available.

Fire Protection Systems:Each plan has a description of the fire alarm, if equipped, and any fire suppression systems.

Evacuation Procedures: After occupants have left the building via the nearest stairwell or street grade exit, they should go to the designated assembly point established in their building's plan.  At the assembly point, supervisors will account for personnel and notify the Emergency Coordinator or Public Safety if any personnel are missing.

During an emergency, students and visitors who may not be familiar with this plan must be informed of the requirement to evacuate.  Special attention should also be given to any persons with disabilities, especially those who are visitors or unfamiliar with the building.

Additional Duties:  Additional duties may be required for assistance during an evacuation or the shut-down of special processes or equipment.

Training: Each department is responsible for training its employees on all elements of its emergency action plan.  New employees must receive training when first assigned to the department.  Additional training is necessary when an employee's required actions under the plan change, or when there are changes to the plan.  Additional training assistance is available from Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).

Additional Information: Additional information on emergency action planning can be found in the Princeton University Health & Safety Guide , on the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) web page , or by contacting Kelly States, Health & Safety Specialist (8-2648) or the University Fire Marshall (extension 8-6805).

©2003 The Trustees of Princeton University. Last modified 03-Mar-2004 15:55 by Robin M. Izzo