Fire, Explosion, Building Collapse

Fire Procedures

  1. In all cases of fire, activate the nearest fire alarm to warn others in the building and evacuate the building. When the fire alarm sounds, all rooms must be evacuated. Stay calm. Leave the room and close but do not lock the room door. Immediately exit the building at the closest building exit. Do not use elevators. Gather in the appropriate outside locations. See Emergency Building Evacuation Plan for outside gathering locations.
  2. In all cases of fire or explosion, call 911 immediately. Always use a cell phone away from the affected area.
  3. Assist people with disabilities to the nearest stairwell or the closest exit. If able, assist them in exiting the building and gathering in the outside location. If you are not able to help the people with disabilities exit the building, exit yourself and notify Public Safety, police or fire department of their location.
  4. If your exit is blocked by smoke or fire, use an alternate way out. If smoke is present, crawl low below the smoke.
  5. If trapped in a room, close the doors between you and the smoke or fire. Seal cracks around the doors and vents with clothing (wet, if possible). Open windows slightly to let fresh air inside. Signal at a window for rescue.

Explosions Procedures

  1. In all cases of explosion, evacuate the building. Stay calm. Leave the room and close but do not lock the room door. Immediately exit the building at the closest exit. Do not use elevators. Gather in the appropriate outside location. See Building Evacuation Locations.
  2. Use a cell phone to call 911 immediately. Only use a cell phone outside of the building. Do not pull fire alarms. Do not touch electrical switches or devices (including computers).
  3. Call Campus Safety immediately at 785.594.8430.
  4. The command center team will determine a further plan of action. Contact your supervisor or chairperson or the vice president of your area.
  5. If approached by the media, please refer them to the public relations director, 785.594.8330. Do not make other statements. Especially do not say “no comment.” It is okay to tell the media, “I do not have that information right now. Please give me your number and your call will be returned.”