Seattle University
Human Resources Policy Manual

Appendix D: Disaster Emergency Plans

1. Emergency Evacuation Plan of a Campus Building:

  1. Evacuate whenever a fire alarm sounds, a Campus Public Safety Officer informs you to evacuate, or Campus Public Safety issues a written notice advising all persons to evacuate the building. Building personnel should ensure other building occupants are aware of the evacuation request and help all building occupants to leave.
  2. Proceed calmly to the nearest fire exit. While exiting close all doors and turn out all lights if possible. Do not attempt to use elevators.
  3. Exit the building at the base of the fire stairway. Move to the nearest campus mall and proceed 300 feet away from the building. In adverse weather, building occupants can proceed to the first floor of the Lemiux Library, which is open twenty-four (24) hours a day.

2. Disabled Occupants

If a disabled occupant is unable to exit a building unassisted, building personnel should assist the individual(s) to the nearest fire exit landing. Telephone Campus Public Safety at 5-911 or send a runner to Campus Public Safety at the University Services Building and advise the location of the disabled occupant. Transporting of disabled individuals should be avoided until emergency personnel arrive unless imminent life-threatening conditions exist in close proximity.

3. Campus Wide Evacuation Plan:

  1. Evacuate your building through the nearest fire exit and go to the Campus Evacuation Camp at the East Intramural Field (Championship Field). Register upon arrival so that your welfare is known.
  2. Bring any available first aid kit, keys, needed personal items, medication, eyeglasses, etc. with you to the Campus Evacuation Camp.
  3. Once at the East Intramural Field (Championship Field) Campus Public Safety staff will coordinate the Evacuation Camp.
  4. Do not attempt to leave the campus immediately. Trying to drive and/or walk long distances after a major disaster is most likely futile due to debris and other hazards.

4. During an Earthquake on Campus:

  1. Stay calm; do not panic.
  2. If you are outdoors, go to an open space. Move away from buildings, poles, and power lines.
  3. If you are inside, stay there. Do not run outside.
  4. Move away from the windows and large pieces of glass or mirrors.
  5. Crouch under a sturdy desk or table, or stand in a doorway.
  6. Do not use the elevator.
  7. Expect fire alarms and/or sprinkler systems to activate.

5. After an Earthquake on Campus:

  1. Before moving, check to see if you are injured. Look for any smoke or fire.
  2. Check people around you for injuries. If there are any serious injuries, do not attempt to move the person unless he is in immediate danger.
  3. Do not light a match or lighter, as there may be gas leaks. If possible, make sure all electrical items are shut off.
  4. Use telephones to report emergencies to 5-911 (if on campus), or send a runner to report injuries and fire to Campus Public Safety at the University Services Building.
  5. Exit building through fire exit ways.
  6. Watch for falling objects, broken sidewalks, and any dangerous conditions.

6. What Can You Do?

  1. Be as prepared as possible. Know what to do and where to go if a significant disaster occurs. Assess your office/room for objects that may fall and place heavy items down low.
  2. Prepare or purchase a disaster kit for your personal welfare.
  3. Take training courses in CPR and First Aid.
  4. Establish an out-of-state contact you can call so family and friends can make sure you are okay. Long distance numbers are more available during disasters than local numbers.


Last modified on Thursday, June 18, 2009