NC State Emergency Evacuation Procedure – Emergency Preparedness Exercise

NC State will facilitate an emergency preparedness exercise on Tuesday morning, August 6, 2019.  The exercise focuses on emergency-response training for NC State and local, county, state and federal responders by simulating a real-world emergency. There will be no impacts to University operations or services.  NC State frequently hosts emergency exercises to test university and outside agency response and operational capabilities.

Campus-wide evacuation and shelter-in-place notices are communicated by the WolfAlert Emergency Notification System.

Evacuation procedures for specific buildings are maintained by the NC State University Fire and Life Safety Manager and disseminated by building liaisons to building occupants. Evacuation diagrams are posted near all elevators and in common areas. Please contact the Fire & Life Safety Office at 919-515-2568 for more information.

General evacuation procedures are available below and regardless of the location, the following should be considered when preparing for and responding to an evacuation alert:

Planning for an Evacuation – 

The time to plan for an emergency is before the emergency occurs. Think about what you would do in the event of an emergency and develop a plan. Familiarize yourself with multiple exit points and evacuation routes or safe areas within the building. Know what the fire alarm and other notification sources sound like. Discuss emergency plans with building liaisons.

Response during an Evacuation:

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Call 911 (or 919-515-3000) to report additional information relevant to the event: status and location of injured persons, specific location of a fire or active shooter, etc
  3. If time permits, stabilize all lab procedures, turn off stoves/ovens and unplug or disable any device that would escalate an emergency if unattended
  4. Gather only essential belongings (cell phone, ID, keys, medications, wallet/purse).
  5. Leave immediately. DO NOT use elevators
  6. Assist any person in immediate danger
  7. If requested, check nearby restrooms, copier rooms, bathrooms, storage rooms or other common areas where someone may not have heard the evacuation signal/notice or anyone with disabilities who may need additional assistance
  8. Move quickly. Walk with a purpose. DO NOT PUSH or SHOVE others
  9. Once outside the building, do not re-enter the building until directed by emergency responders (Police/Fire). Remain at least 300 feet away from the building and await further instructions

Fire Evacuation Procedures

Upon the sounding of a fire alarm or an indication of a pre-signal on the monitor, a search will be conducted of the area from which the signal originates. If a fire or other emergency situation is confirmed, the Fire Marshal’s Office shall activate the general alarm and initiate emergency evacuation.  Upon the sounding of a general alarm, a search of the building will be conducted to ensure that no one has been left in the building, to direct anyone found to an emergency exit, and assist in critical situations such as firefighting, medical care or disabled evacuation, when requested. Faculty, employees and students shall familiarize themselves with the location of emergency exits, the locations of fire alarm pull-stations and emergency telephones nearest the areas where they work or study.

Immediate Response Procedures

In the event of a fire, any employee or student discovering smoke and/or fire should perform the following activities as appropriate:

If fire is small:

  • Report the findings at once to his/her supervisor if time permits;
  • Attempt to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher; and
  • Activate the nearest alarm by pulling a fire alarm pull-station or, in buildings where there is no fire alarm system, alert building occupants by word of mouth.

If fire is severe and threatening dial 911 for University Police, and provide the following information:

  • Your name and location;
  • Location of fire; and
  • Details as requested

After reporting the fire, leave the building as quickly as possible.  In case of electrical or other serious fire, no attempt should be made to deal with the fire unless such action is compatible with the safety of all concerned.

 Evacuation Procedures

In the event that an emergency situation requires the complete evacuation of the floor or building, the following procedures will apply to all departments, employees, students, and visitors:

  1. An employee discovering a fire or other emergency necessitating a general alarm shall activate the fire or necessary alarm and call University Police, 919-515-3000 or 911 and give appropriate information.
  2. Everyone must leave the building immediately, in an orderly fashion, by the closest possible exit. Exit from emergency stairwells where indicated. Do not use elevators.
  3. The first person to reach any exit door should touch it to determine if it is hot. If the door feels hot, direct evacuating persons to an alternate exit route.
  4. In smoky areas, stay low (out of highest concentration of smoke).
  5. Maintain single file and keep to the right on stairways so that persons entering the stairwell from lower floors can merge safely into the line and emergency response personnel can use the opposite side.
  6. Once outside, report to the designated assembly area or move far away from the building. Do not obstruct the exit doors at street level. Clear the area.
  7. Remain in the assigned assembly area until instructed by the appropriate authority to return to the building or to move to a safer location.
  8. Do not re-enter the building until the Fire Marshal/Deputy Fire Marshal, Raleigh Fire, or University Police give an “All-Clear” signal.
  9. Obey the directions of public safety officers at all times.

 Evacuation Procedures for People with Disabilities

At the beginning of each semester, the Disability Services Office provides the Environmental Health and Public Safety Division a comprehensive list of disabled students and the type of disability to enable the division and these students to plan for possible evacuation.  The division also maintains a list of university employees who self-identify a disability with the division.  University employees and students are encouraged to communicate to University Police or Fire Marshals, as they exit, the location of any disabled person.

In the event of a fire:

  • Elevators may be used for wheelchair access.
  • Disabled persons are to be evacuated by the stairwells with the assistance of Marshals or Raleigh Fire.
  • Generally, wheelchairs should not be carried down the stairs; a person who, for reasons of personal health or safety, may not be removed from his or her wheelchair must so inform the Marshals
  • Evac-chairs, if available, should be brought to assist the non-ambulatory