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SECTION 5
PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED IN THE EVACUATION OF A BUILDING(S)

I. A building or buildings may have to be evacuated due to fire, bomb threat, hazardous material, flooding, or other dangerous conditions. The notification to evacuate may be by fire alarm, or by messenger or telephone call from the Associate Vice President for Student Life, his designee, or by the executive in charge of the building. Physical Plant will be notified of building evacuations by Security to address maintenance concerns.

Evacuation plans are in all buildings, and members of the University community should be aware of evacuation plans in their places of work, study, and residence.

II. Upon notification of evacuation, (whether by alarm or verbal message), the individual responsible for a particular area will supervise the immediate evacuation of that area.

A. In residence halls, the RA will search his/her hall to be sure no one is left in the building.

B. In classrooms, the faculty member will make sure everyone is out of the classroom.

C. In office areas, the senior administrator will see that everyone leaves the area.

D. When the appropriate individual is certain that everyone is out or when the nature of the emergency makes it extremely hazardous to continue the check, leave the building immediately.

1. Do not take the time to remove personal or University belongings.

2. Do not take time to turn off lights.

3. Close windows only if time permits.

4. Close door, but do not lock.

5. Do not use elevators.


III. ASSEMBLY AREAS

A. When buildings are evacuated, individuals should assemble in the area or building where they are directed by the Campus Safety & Security Officer on Duty. This area will be designated by the Vice President for Student Affairs or the executive in charge of the building after consulting with the Director of Campus Safety & Security. This area will be designated at the time the decision to evacuate is made and should NOT be publicized in advance.

B. At each assembly area, the individual responsible for any particular group (RA, faculty member, administrator) should determine if anyone is missing or unaccounted for.

While it may not always be possible to know of every person in particular location, every attempt should be made to identify missing persons.

The names of missing individuals should be given to the Vice President for Student Affairs, Campus Safety & Security, and/or the Fire Department.

The Fire Department will make any decisions regarding the search for and rescue of any missing persons.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANYONE OTHER THAN FIRE
DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL/AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL RE-ENTER A
BUILDING.


IV. After consultation with the Fire Department, the Vice President for Student Affairs or the senior administrator present for the building will notify the building occupants when they may return to the building or of any alternate arrangements.

V. EVACUATION OF THE ENTIRE CAMPUS

In the event that the entire campus must be evacuated due to a major disaster in the area, the Vice President for Student Affairs will work with the fire department and the Wheeling - Ohio County Office of Emergency Services, to coordinate the evacuation and transfer of personnel to emergency shelters elsewhere.

Fire Department - Phone 9-911
Wheeling - Ohio Co. Office of Emergency Services 234-3756


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