Building Evacuation

All employees should familiarize themselves with the location of stairs and emergency exits within the buildings in which they work. Following are the standard procedures (for one- and two-story Campus buildings without special evacuation plans)for use in case of standard emergency evacuation instructions that are applicable to most campus classroom and administrative buildings that do not have more than two floors. If the building in which you work has special building evacuation procedures, you should study these in advance of any emergency.


  • Walk to the nearest usable exit, and exit the building.
  • If on the second floor, walk to the nearest stairwell. If the door to the stairwell is hot, or smoke or other hazardous condition is encountered or visible, proceed to an alternate stairwell. Walk down the stairs and exit the building. Do not use the elevators. They may lose electrical power and trap you, or may automatically open into a fire or other hazardous situation.
  • If you have information about persons in the building who may need assistance, or about hazardous conditions existing in the building, report to a Lamar Police Officer, Fire Department personnel or other emergency coordinator on the scene.
  • Proceed well clear of the building and, if the problem is localized and not campus-wide, assemble in the nearest parking lot or other open space so that a roll may be taken to determine if anyone known to have been in the building is not accounted for.
  • The designated areas for rescue assistance for persons with disabilities or serious injuries are the stairwells of the building. Stairwells at ends of the building should be used preferentially over others. Provide all possible assistance to persons with disabilities to reach the designated rescue assistance areas. Do not attempt to carry such persons down the stairs. Inform a Lamar Police Officer or Fire Department personnel on the scene of the location and number of persons needing rescue.

Other Instructions

  • All persons leaving the building should close as many doors as possible and especially hallway and stairwell doors, as they evacuate the building.
  • Personnel leaving laboratory or other areas where hazardous materials and/or conditions exist should, if circumstances permit, shut off all gas burners, shut down electrical equipment and otherwise render the area non-hazardous. However, "safety of life" is to be the prime concern.