Public Safety

Emergency Evacuation Plans

In the event of a fire or other emergency, seconds count. The safe, orderly and prompt evacuation of building occupants depends on having the physical safety features of a building in operating condition as well as having an emergency evacuation plan. The cooperation and participation of every building occupant is essential. Every person that lives and works in a building on campus has an individual responsibility to know how to evacuate in an emergency and to accomplish the evacuation when the fire alarm device sounds or when directed by an authority. This guide will help you to prepare for emergency situations that might arise in your building.

Evacuation Procedures

 All members of the Butler University campus community should become familiar with recommended evacuation procedures. This includes learning where exits are located and knowing the location of your building's rally point.

 Building Evacuations

 If you discover a fire or smell smoke, sound the building fire alarm. Know the location of the alarm stations and how they work.

  1. The University Police Department Dispatch Center will notify the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) when a fire alarm is activated.
  2. When the fire alarm sounds, LEAVE AT ONCE. Close doors behind you. Proceed to the nearest fire exit and leave the building.
  3. Do not use elevators.
  4. Feel the door that leads to your room/lab/office before opening. If it is hot or smoke is seeping in, do not open. Immediately call the University Police Department (911 from a campus phone or 940-9999 from a cell phone) and give the name and location of the building you are in, the floor you are on, and the room or office number.
  5. If the door feels cool, open it cautiously. If the hall is clear, proceed quickly to the nearest safe exit.
  6. If caught in smoke or heat, stay low to the ground where the air quality is better. Take short breaths through your nose until you reach safety.
  7. DO NOT BLOCK OR PROP OPEN FIRE DOORS! In a fire situation closed doors provide you with protection and time to exit safely.
  8. Once outside the building, move to the buildings designated rally point. Do not block roadways or entrances to the building. Allow ample space for emergency responders to enter the building.
  9. Do not attempt to re-enter the building under any circumstance. Once an all-clear is given, either the University Police Department or IFD will notify the building's occupants it is safe to re-enter.