Evacuation Instructions

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SL/LD General Evacuation (To Outside) | SL/LD Weather Evacuation (To Lower Level)


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Stay alert! – Orders issued during an emergency may modify these instructions.
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General Evacuation Guidelines 

Leave your building immediately when an alarm sounds or if you are instructed to do so by authorized emergency personnel; this is required by Indiana law.

  • Turn off equipment.
  • Secure hazardous operations if possible.
  • If you are in a laboratory equipped with a fume hood and/or a biosafety cabinet, close hoods and sashes.
  • Notify others on your way out.
  • Close doors behind the last person out.
  • Walk quickly to the nearest safe exit, or follow instructions of floor warden(s).
  • Do not use elevators unless authorized emergency personnel direct you to do so.
  • Report any missing or trapped persons to authorized emergency personnel.
  • Move away from the building and go to your evacuation meeting site.
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized emergency personnel give the "all clear" signal.

If You Cannot Evacuate (because of disability, injury, or obstruction):

  • Go to the Place of Refuge or the nearest area where there are no hazards.
  • Notify the IU Police Department on your campus at 911 (9-911 will work as well from on-campus).
  • Signal out the window to emergency responders if possible.
  • Remain calm, responders will arrive.

Persons with Disabilities
Persons who may require assistance to evacuate a building must be provided that assistance by those trained to do so, if possible. Persons in wheel chairs should not use the elevator unless instructed to do so by the fire department. These individuals must be protected in a safe place while awaiting rescue by the fire department. They should normally be safe in a designated Place of Refuge or an interior room near the stairwell if a Room of Refuge is not designated. If an alternate stairway is available it should be used in this event. Persons with disabilities as well as others who plan to assist them should be familiar with the Emergency Evacuation Action Plan.

Notify Responders: The location of all persons who remain in a building should be relayed to responding emergency personnel.

Weather Emergency Evacuations – to Lower Level

  1. Take SL and LD building stairs to Lower Level as quickly and safely as possible.
    • Do not use elevators.
    • Stay away from windows and exterior doors. 
  2. As you evacuate, direct science visitors to immediately cease all work and follow you to Lower Level.  (Basement and interior hallways on the lower floor and small interior rooms on the lower floors offer best shelter).
  3. Remain on lower level until notified that weather emergency has passed. 
  4. After weather emergency, leave building if it is badly damaged. 
    • Do not attempt to turn utilities or equipment on or off. 
    • Do not return unless directed to do so by police. 
  5. Report injuries and damage to:
    1. 911 (IUPUI Public Safety Dispatch Center).
    2. 278-1900 (Campus Facility Services).
    3. Dean’ School of Science 274-0631

Weather Emergency Evacuations – SELB Building

 Building Occupants take the SELB stairs to the lower level to the East side Hallway. Do NOT use elevators.

Other Emergency Evacuations – to Outside Building

  1.  Exit building as quickly and safely as possible.
    • Close all doors behind you as you leave – do not take time to lock or unlock them.
    • Use nearest stairs.  Consult posted floor plans.
    • Do not use elevators unless directed to do so by fire department.
    • If you encounter smoke, stay as low to the ground as possible.
    • If unable to exit building, see instructions below**.
  2. As you exit, direct science visitors to:
    • Immediately cease all work.
    • Move to a safe distance from the building.
    • Stay off sidewalks and driveways that might serve as access routes for emergency personnel. 
  3. Report the identity and location of anyone you know to be trapped in the building to your floor or building warden or to the first emergency responders. 

**Unable to Exit Building

  1. Go to a safe room and close door. 
  2. Attempt to notify others of your presence. 
    1. Call 911.
    2. Signal for help via exterior windows without opening them
      • Write room number and number of persons trapped on window or write a large “X” that covers entire surface of glass.
      • Markers or lipstick may work for this. 
    3. Also write on outside of door to room. 
  3. Place something at bottom of door to slow entry of smoke into room. 
    • Use wet cloth items if possible. 
    • Do not open windows – it will draw smoke and fire into room more quickly. 
  4. If smoke enters, stay as low and as far away from point of entry as possible. 

Posting Evacuation Route Maps: throughout the SL/LD building in visible locations

As a general  rule, all building personnel should be able to identify two (2) evacuation routes from the building.  The evacuation maps will contain:

  • Emergency and accessible exits
  • Clearly marked routes of evacuation
  • Location of fire extinguishers
  • Fire alarm/ pull station locations
  • Areas designated as safe locations for tornado sheltering
  • Areas of rescue assistance-  locations designated for persons with access and functional needs

Notification of Emergency Warning

In the event of emergency  or disaster, warning to building personnel  may come from a variety of different sources, which includes but is not limited to the following:

  • IU-Notify
  • Campus/Commercial Radio or Television
  • NOAA-All Hazards radios
  • Building smoke detection or sprinkler system
  • Outdoor warning sirens
  • Indiana University Police Department (IUPD)
  • Internet
  • Social Media