·         Never ignore a fire or emergency alarm.  All alarms are to be considered real and buildings must be evacuated as per instructions from instructors and supervisors.

·         Know where fire exits, fire extinguishers, and alarm pull stations are located.  Know how to use them.

·         When an alarm is sounded, leave the building immediately by the nearest exit.  If an exit is blocked, use the nearest alternate exit or proceed to a safe haven evacuation area.  Alert others to do the same.

·         Take valuables and personal belongings with you.  The situation may not allow you to return inside the building for some time.

·         DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.  You could become trapped between floors if the electricity goes off.

·         Help disabled persons and anyone who is having a difficult time.

·         Do not block doorways, streets, fire lanes, hydrants or walkways.

·         Move to your assembly point at least 100 feet away from the building.

·         Follow the instructions of security personnel, instructors, supervisors and the building Emergency Marshall.

·         If you become trapped in a building, place an article of clothing outside a window as a marker for rescue crews.

·         If there is no window, stay near the floor where the air is less toxic.  Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews of your location.  DO NOT PANIC!

·         Do not return to the building until the "all clear" is given by authorized persons. 


For evacuation purposes instructors shall recruit (designate) students from within their classes to assist students who use wheelchairs or other restrictive devices, or who have disabilities that seriously restrict mobility.  If voluntary assistance cannot be provided for a particular student, then that student should notify the Security Office, and the campus Dean of Student Services.  As a secondary means, emergency evacuation chairs (Evacu-Chairs) are located at top of stair landings in most buildings with two or more floors.  The chairs are to be used by trained personnel as a safe means of evacuating disabled persons.


"Emergency Rescue"  areas have been designated and marked with red and white signs on floors above ground level to be used when escape routes are blocked or when a disabled person(s) cannot be evacuated safely.  Emergency response personnel will be notified to check "emergency rescue" areas when they arrive on the scene.  Newer buildings (Brandon campus Technology, Humanities, & Library -  Dale Mabry campus Student Services) have intercom devices connected to the Security Office. 

Note:  An "Emergency Rescue Area" should only be used when evacuation by all other means is not possible.  If at all possible, tell another person to notify security of where you are located.  When in a "rescue area" keep communicating to others by voice or other signal such as waving an item of clothing until you are sure that you are being helped.


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