Emergency Quick Response Guide

EVACUATION/DISABILITY ADA EVACUATION/SHELTER IN PLACE Evacuation: 1. When building evacuation (fire) alarm sounds and/or upon notification by Public Safety, leave by the nearest marked exit or in accordance with the posted evac- uation plan and alert others to do the same. Become familiar with the exits in your building. 2. If you cannot make it to an exit, consider going through a window. Do the windows open? What floor are you on? Are there bushes or mulch that can break your fall? 3. Don’t take personal property. Leave personal property behind as carrying items with you can slow you down. 4. Do not stop. An evacuation takes seconds if you do not stop. As you evacuate, tell others that you encoun- ter to evacuate, but do not engage in discussion or prolong the time it takes to exit away from danger. 5. Once outside, proceed to a clear area that is at least 100 feet way from the affected building; 500 yards if an active shooter or bomb threat situation. 6. Stay together. Keep your group together until dis- missed by police. 7. DO NOT return to an evacuated building unless given the ‘all-clear” communication by Public Safety. Disability ADA Evacuation: • For people with disabilities it is important to determine what the need for assistance is and the nature of the emergency. • Persons who can evacuate a building with little or no assistance shall proceed to the CLOSEST and SAFEST exit. Persons with significant mobility impairments should be directed to an elevator if the integrity of the building is not compromised (severe weather, bomb threats, medical emergency), a stairwell or an area of rescue assistance if the building is or may be compro- mised (fire, explosion, earthquake). Send someone to notify responders of the location, or call Public Safety at Ext. 34001 or 610-683-4001 from your cell phone or use emergency communications devices, if available. • For persons directed to stairwells, evacuation assistance will be provided by the fire department or other trained public safety personnel. ❚ If possible, wait with the person who is mobility impaired, to help maintain order. Be sure arriving rescue personnel know the number of persons and their location so that appropriate evacuation assistance can be initiated. • If immediate evacuation is necessary, ask the person with a disability how best to effect the evacuation. Some persons may need to be carried while others may need some assis- tance walking. • Know the location of primary and alternate exits, stairwells and emergency telephones. • Become familiar with the Evacuation Guidelines for People with Disabilities. Contact Disability Services for further infor- mation: 610-683-4108. Shelter in Place – Severe Weather: Shelter in Place is the process of staying where you are and taking shelter, rather than trying to evacuate. The best protection is in a basement or on the lowest level of a build- ing. The large brick and masonry buildings on-campus are made of reinforced construction and generally provide adequate shelter. If in a smaller facility go to the basement, an interior room or nearest brick facility. 1. Go to the lowest floor possible 2. Go to an interior room or hallway. 3. Stay away from windows and exterior doors to avoid flying debris. 4. If walking and there isn’t time to get to a safe building – take cover by lying flat in the nearest depression, such as a ditch, culvert, excavation, or ravine. 5. Avoid auditoriums and gymnasiums or large metal buildings with large, unsupported roofs.