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.
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.
If you discover a fire or smell smoke, sound the building
fire alarm. Know the location of the alarm stations and how they
- The University Police Department Dispatch Center will notify
the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) when a fire alarm is
- When the fire alarm sounds, LEAVE AT ONCE. Close doors behind
you. Proceed to the nearest fire exit and leave the building.
- Do not use elevators.
- 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.
- If the door feels cool, open it cautiously. If the hall is
clear, proceed quickly to the nearest safe exit.
- 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.
- DO NOT BLOCK OR PROP OPEN FIRE DOORS! In a fire situation
closed doors provide you with protection and time to exit
- 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
- 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