Definition:Most evacuations are the result of fire alarms or fire which is why evacuation is often referred to as fire evacuation.
Important:If caught in smoke, take short breaths, breathe through your nose and crawl to escape. Air is better near the floor.
Evacuation of Regions Center may be required as a response to fire, fire alarms, severe weather, toxic spills, bomb threat and civil disturbance. However, most evacuations are the result of fire alarms or fire which is why evacuation is often referred to as “fire evacuation”. Follow these general guidelines when evacuating:
- Before leaving your office, close but DO NOT LOCK, all interior doors. Turn off all electrical equipment except lights.
- Proceed to the nearest stairwell exit and move at a steady, but safe pace down the stairwell, in single file, staying close to the outside wall of the stairwell. As you approach the next landing, prepare to move to the inside of the stairwell, (closer to the handrail) to allow any evacuees from that level to move on to the stairwell.
- Disabled persons should gather near the stairwell closest to the service elevator and await evacuation by elevator or fire chair. Fire Department personnel will advise if certain elevators may be used for the evacuation of persons with disabilities.
- DO NOT ENTER THE RESTROOMS, DO NOT EVACUATE TO THE ROOF, AND DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS AS A MEANS OF EVACUATION.
- If caught in smoke, take short breaths, breathe through your nose and crawl to escape. Air is better near the floor.
Once you have exited the building, proceed to the Safe Assembly Area, which is at the corner of Milam Street and Edwards Street near the closed motor bank or the area designated for you by your Fire Warden