Alarm Notifications and Evacuation Procedures
All building occupants need to be trained on notifying the proper authorities in the event of an emergency:
- Individual smells something burning or sees fire or smoke: Immediately pulls closest manual fire alarm pull station or calls 911 and begins evacuation procedures.
Information that will be needed when reporting an emergency:
- Location (floor, tenant name or suite number, specific directions to location).
- Nature of emergency.
- Type of assistance needed.
- Name of caller and phone number.
When evacuating the building, make sure you:
- Remain calm.
- Leave the building as quickly as possible. Do not stop to retrieve personal possessions or make phone calls.
- Close your office door as you leave, but do not lock it.
- If things are falling around you, get under a sturdy table or desk until they stop falling. Then leave quickly, watching for falling debris as you exit.
- Use the back of your hand to feel the top of any closed doors, the doorknob, and the crack between the door and door frame before you open it. Never use the palm of your hand or fingers to test for heat-burning those areas could impair your ability to escape a fire (i.e., ladders and crawling).
- If the door is cool, open slowly and ensure fire and/or smoke is not blocking your escape route. If your escape route is blocked, shut the door immediately and use an alternate escape route. If clear, leave immediately through the door and close it behind you.
- Be prepared to crawl. Smoke and heat rise. The air is clearer and cooler near the floor.
- If there is smoke, cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth if available.
- Listen to instructions from your Floor Captain.
- Keep talking to a minimum.
- Be ready to merge with other people evacuating the building.
- Use closest stairway, unless instructed to do otherwise.
- Use the handrails in the stairwells and keep to the inside handrail. Watch for Fire Department and TCAM employees coming up the stairwell.
- Once you exit the building, get a minimum of 300 feet away from the building. Falling debris or explosions can create additional hazards.
- If possible, relocate to your company's predetermined assembly area to check-in and receive instructions.
If you are trapped in debris:
- Do not light a match.
- Do not move about or kick up dust. Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
- Rhythmically tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can hear where you are. Shout only as a last resort when you hear sounds and think someone will hear you-shouting can cause a person to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.
Assisting Individuals with Special Needs:
- Prepare in advance of emergency. A co-worker (and a back-up) should be assigned to look after the individual's needs and assist in the evacuation.
- The co-worker and individual with special needs should have a way to connect in the event of an emergency. Either through a cellular phone, a meeting place, or some other technique, the two should pair up as quickly as possible when an emergency is detected.
- Individuals with special needs should prepare an emergency information list that they carry with them in the work place. In the event the individual is unable to communicate, the list should provide instructions for their care.
- Always ask the individual what assistance they need, don't assume.
- In the event the person with special needs is unable to evacuate the floor, the co-worker should remain with the individual and inform a co-worker of their location. The co-worker should report their location to the Fire Department, Building Staff, or Floor Captain.
- Be prepared to relocate the individual in the event your current location becomes hazardous. Areas adjacent to stairwells are recommended.
NOTE: All stairwells exit at the ground level of the building. It is imperative that all building occupants know the stairwell numbers and where they exit from the building. The ground level floor plan identifies the four stairwells, their identification numbers, and the areas where they exit occupants outside of the building.