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Evacuation Plan

The need to evacuate a building can be for several reasons. Some examples of situations where evacuation may be necessary are for a fire, bomb scare, chemical spill, or an “active shooter” event.

If a decision is made to evacuate a building or buildings, a designated person from each building (See Building Evacuation Responsibilities below) will be notified by the Security Department, and asked to alert other persons in their work area. Depending on the situation, it may also be necessary to notify offices in other buildings. If a fire alarm is sounded, then notifications may not be necessary. Fire alarms should only be activated when there is visible smoke, or a fire in the building. All other evacuations should be done by word of mouth, unless otherwise directed by campus officials.

  1. All persons will evacuate the building that they are in as quickly and quietly as possible, using designated evacuation routes (See “Evacuation Routes” below). In the case of fire, all classroom and office windows and doors should be closed.
  2. Once outside, a head count should be taken by a teacher or delegate to assure that no one is left behind. Teachers should always maintain a class attendance roster.
  3. Once outside, no one will re-enter the building (for any reason) until it has been declared safe by police or fire officials.
  4. While outside, all personnel will stay at least 500 feet away from the building.
  5. In the event of inclement weather, personnel should remember to take their coat and keys with them.

Evacuation Routes

Main Classroom Building, Front – Exit through the nearest front door and head straight across and down the hill to the open field near the tennis courts.

Main Classroom Building, Rear – Exit through the nearest rear door and head straight across to the field near the tennis courts.

Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center – Exit through the nearest door and go to the field near the tennis courts.

Current Lee R. Glatfelter Library/Nittany Success Center – exit through the front door of the library, and cross the campus to the open field near the tennis courts. Exit the rear door if the front door can not be exited safely.

Pullo Family Performing Arts Center/New library- exit through the nearest door and go down the hill to the open field next to the tennis courts.

Information Sciences and Technology Center (ISTC) Building – Exit through the nearest door and go to the field near the tennis courts.

Bradley Building (Continuing Education) – Same as Main Classroom Building

The security officer on duty at the time of an incident is responsible for assuring that York County 911 Center is notified, so that emergency personnel can be alerted.

Security and Maintenance will be responsible for alerting faculty who are teaching in classrooms

  1. Notify faculty members as quietly as possible, so they can evacuate their students.
  2. Faculty and students will leave the building in accordance to evacuation routes (as quietly and orderly as possible) and gather at assembly points for attendance.
  3. Any persons not accounted for should be reported to University or Emergency officials immediately.
    Individuals should not go to their vehicles, and are expected to remain at campus until instructed they can leave. In the case of an active shooter situation, individuals will have to make common sense decisions whether to leave campus or not. This should be based on the information that is available at the time of the incident (See active shooter procedures).

Building Evacaution Responsibilities

The following people are responsible for the notification and evacuation of occupants of their respective buildings:

Main Classroom Building – Director of Academic Affairs - (771-4050), Director of Advising and Career Center (771-4053)

Joe and Rosie Ruhl student Community Center – Director of Student and Enrollment Services (771-4045), Associate Dir. Of Student and Enrollment Services

Lee R. Glatfelter Library – Librarian 771-4023; Reference Librarian 771-4020

Information Sciences and Technology Center (ISTC) Building – Manager of Network and Information. Systems (771-4141), Network Coordinator (771-4181)

Bradley Building (Continuing Education) – Director (771-4192, Area Representative (771-4067)

Pullo Family Performing Arts Center/New Library – Librarian (771-4023, Reference Librarian (771-4020)

NOTE: In the event of an evacuation after normal business hours, the on-duty Security Officer and maintenance personnel will be responsible for the notification and evacuation of occupants of all buildings. Faculty and staff members should assist with evacuation.