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Evacuation or Closure

Evacuation or Closure

Campus Evacuation/Closure

In some emergency situations, such as severe weather, utility failures, etc., an evacuation of the campus may be ordered by the Chancellor or his/her designee.

A campus evacuation or closure is an organized withdrawal from campus facilities where the time of return is determined by the circumstances of the emergency or event.  When such action is warranted, you will be appropriately advised by the College Emergency Notification Systems.

When notified to evacuate the campus because of inclement weather, immediately proceed with Back-Up and Pack-Up Procedures securing offices and instructional areas to protect equipment and critical documents.

Building Evacuation

A building evacuation is most commonly initiated by the building's fire alarm system.  When the building fire alarm sounds:

  • Evacuate the building immediately, calmly and quickly.
  • Carry all personal items, i.e. books, purses, etc. as you may not be allowed back in the building.
  • Walk to the nearest exit/stairwell (Close doors behind you).
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Proceed to designated area outside the building moving as far away from the building as possible.  Do not stand on porch areas.
  • Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • Do not re-enter building until cleared by authorized personnel.

Information for Mobility Impaired

Emergency and disaster preparedness is a shared responsibility.  Faculty, staff, students and visitors should take steps on their own to be prepared.  General preparedness guidelines may not apply in every emergency; all individuals should integrate their own preparedness activities with the circumstances of the emergency.

Be positive and realistic during emergencies

  • Recognize that you will be on your own for the first few minutes or hours of an emergency
  • Realize that your actions can, and will, make a difference
  • Try to do the most good for the most people during any emergency

The likelihood that you will recover from an emergency tomorrow depends a great deal on the planning you do today.  While each person’s needs and abilities are unique, everyone can take steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies.  By evaluating your own personal needs and making a plan that fits those needs, you can be better prepared and better able to recover.  Preparing makes sense for people with mobility impairment or special needs.

Actions to Consider

Ask several reliable people in your classes to assist you in case of emergency and instruct them in the best way to do so.

  • Tell these people where you keep your emergency supplies
  • Contact Campus Police and the Office of Special Populations to make arrangements for apprising them about where you take classes.
  • Wear medical alert tags or bracelets to help identify your disability.
  • Show others how to operate your assistive devices, if applicable.
  • Know the size and weight of your assistive devices, in addition to whether or not they are collapsible, in case they have to be transported.
  • Be prepared to give instructions to those assisting you in an emergency regarding your needs such as: “I can manage steps independently.  Carry my other crutch and walk in front of me.”

Protocol for Emergency Evacuation

In the event of an evacuation from a campus building, do not use elevators.  Individuals unable to use the stairs should proceed to a pre-determined rally point and wait for evacuation assistance from a representative of the local fire department.

If an evacuation is required, alert your professor or a co-worker/classmate who can tell emergency personnel that you are going to the rally points to wait for assistance from the fire department. If possible, ask another person if they are willing to accompany you to this area.  Stay calm as help arrives.

Protocol for Emergency Evacuation of Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff members that are mobility impaired should notify their Building Marshal immediately upon beginning work at San Jacinto College or transferring to a new location. If you have not done so before, make sure to do this now.  During an evacuation, follow the same protocol outlines above.
Request for assistance with the evacuation of individuals with special needs form