Emergency Guidelines for the Campus Community
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.
For more information on emergency action planning, please contact Kelly States at 8-2648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you discover a fire:
If a building fire alarm is sounding or you receive notification of a fire emergency:
Evacuation ProceduresEvacuate immediately unless you have specific emergency responsibilities designated in your Emergency Action Plan. After you have left the building, go to the designated assembly area for your building and remain there. 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.
Persons with DisabilitiesPlanning for Assistance in an Evacuation
If you think you might need specialized assistance during an evacuation (e.g. a visual alarm device, identification of fire-exit stairwells, specialized evacuation equipment or alternative egress route planning) due to a medical condition or disability, you may contact your emergency coordinator to arrange for a needs assessment. Self-identification is voluntary and confidential. All such requests and any special arrangements made will only be disclosed to Public Safety and individuals who have a responsibility to assist under the plan. Remember that elevators are tied to the fire detection system and are not available to occupants once a fire alarm sounds.
University Fire Emergency Policy and Procedure
In case of a fire emergency*, notify Public Safety immediately at 911. Public Safety has primary responsibility for managing fire emergencies and summoning outside assistance when necessary. Unauthorized re-entry into a building during a fire emergency is not permitted. Violators of this policy are subject to University and state fire code sanctions.
Building occupants are not required to fight fires. Individuals who have been trained in the proper use of a fire extinguisher and are confident in their ability to cope with the hazards of a fire may use a portable fire extinguisher to fight small, incipient stage fires (no larger than a waste paper basket). Fire fighting efforts must be terminated when it becomes obvious that there is risk of personal harm.
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.
* A fire emergency is defined as (1) an uncontrolled fire or imminent fire hazard, (2) the presence of smoke or the odor of burning, (3) the uncontrolled release of a flammable or combustible substance, or (4) a fire alarm sounding.
The Emergency Coordinator is responsible for providing all new employees or other regular building occupants with initial Emergency Action Plan training.. All building occupants must be familiar with the contents of this plan and retrained annually. The Emergency Coordinator is responsible for full dissemination of any changes to the plan following the annual review.
Fire extinguisher training and the arrangement of fire drills is available upon request through the University Fire Marshal (8-6805).
Additional information on emergency action planning can be found on the Emergency Information Quick Links on the Princeton University home page or by contacting Kelly States, Program Manager, Safety (8-2648 or email@example.com) or Robert Gregory, University Fire Marshal (8-6805 or firstname.lastname@example.org).