An evacuation is defined as the emptying of an occupied area and the transference of its occupants to a safe location. A critical element of any evacuation is transportation. In many campuses and communities, auto-dependent commuters congest roadways to the point of "gridlock." The dense urban population, high number of resident students and use of transportation alternatives at Buffalo State College must be taken into account when planning the steps necessary to evacuate all campus occupants, whether they arrived by public transit, single-occupant auto, carpool, or bicycle.
In a major emergency, the decision to implement evacuation procedures generally rests with the EOC Jurisdiction Executive. In situations requiring immediate action, public safety responders (Police, Fire, Environmental Health & Safety) can also order an evacuation. When evaluating a possible evacuation, consideration will be given to the specific threat (bomb, fire, storm, explosion, hazardous materials incident, etc.), its context (time of day, likelihood, etc.) and the recommendation of first responders.
When evacuating your building or work area:
A building occupant is required by law to evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds.
The following guidelines have been adopted by Buffalo State College to help evacuate people with physical disabilities. Evacuating a disabled or injured person yourself is the last resort. Consider your options and the risks of injuring yourself and others in an evacuation attempt. Do not make an emergency situation worse.
Evacuation is difficult and uncomfortable for both the rescuers and the people being assisted. Some people have conditions that can be aggravated or triggered if they are moved incorrectly. Remember that environmental conditions (smoke, debris, loss of electricity) will complicate evacuation efforts.
The following guidelines are general and may not apply in every circumstance.
Follow General Evacuation Procedures as soon as you hear the fire alarm. A building occupant is required by law to evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds.
If there is a fire in your work area:
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