Hillsborough Community College Student Services and Enrollment Management
 
Emergency Evacuations
  • Do not ignore fire/emergency alarms. All alarms should 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, and how to use them.

  • When an alarm sounds, 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 personal belongings and valuables with you. The situation may not allow you to return to the building for some time.

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

  • Help disabled persons or anyone who is having a difficult time.

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

  • Move to your assembly point at least 300 feet away from the building. (In the event of a bomb threat, the assembly point should be at least 500 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.

  • EMERGENCY RESCUE AREAS*
    Emergency Rescue areas have been designated and marked with red and white signs on floors about 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.

  • *Note: An Emergency Rescue area should only be used when evacuation by any 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 communication to others by voice or other signals such as waving an item of clothing until you are sure that you are being helped.