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Department of Public Safety

To help assure your safety, all University buildings have clearly marked and illuminated emergency exit signs which indicate evacuation routes. In some buildings, these signs remain illuminated at all times; in other buildings, they become illuminated when a fire alarm is activated or the power is disrupted. The University regularly tests the lighting in these signs to assure that it is adequate day and night. Additionally, buildings have emergency lighting systems which provide illumination for a short period of time sufficient to permit evacuation. In order to acquaint everyone with the sound of the fire alarm and the exit routes to be followed, the MACU Police Department conducts unannounced fire drills on a regular basis. It is each employee’s responsibility to make sure he/she knows the proper evacuation routes. Additionally, faculty members and supervisors assume the role of monitors/coordinators for their students and subordinates during such drills or actual emergencies. Therefore, faculty members/supervisors should:

  1. Inform students/subordinates of the location of and routes to area exits prior to an emergency.

  2. Inform students/subordinates of the location of the nearest fire extinguisher prior to an emergency. If a fire is small, contained, and you are trained with the use of a fire extinguisher, and you are not compromising your safety, you may try to extinguish it.

  3. Instruct students/subordinates to evacuate calmly and quietly when notified by fire alarm activations or by the MACU Police Department. Ensure that priority is given to safety. Take only your essential belongings with you. Assist with evacuating persons with disabilities. (See “Additional Note” at end of section.)

  4. Ensure that classroom/office doors are closed and overhead lights turned off after everyone has evacuated.

  5. Instruct students/subordinates to walk, not run, during evacuation.

  6. Advise students/subordinates to use the stairs, not elevators, during evacuation.

  7. Assemble as a group, based upon the aforementioned evacuation areas at least 500 feet away from the building. Do not assemble near fire lanes, hydrants, doors, and streets, where you might impede the access of emergency responders. Instructors/supervisors shall report anyone unaccounted for to The MACU Police Department immediately.

  8. Remain as a group and wait for further instructions. The MACU Police Department will inform all concerned when the building is safe for re-entry.

  9. If you become trapped in an office or building, try to gain access to a window. If possible, place something at the bottom of the door to reduce smoke from entering the room. Since smoke rises, remain as low to the floor as possible. And, obviously, communicate your location to the MACU Police Department any way you can.

Additional Note: Student Life will obtain information from disabled students regarding their preference for method of evacuation—e.g., with or without wheelchairs during an evacuation and will include that information on the faculty notification form. The instructor will identify a primary and alternate student/employee to assist the disabled person during an emergency. Instructors should designate these primary and alternate students during the first class period;

Supervisors should designate these employees as staff changes. Additionally, instructors should assign students with disabilities to seats nearest to the door to expedite their evacuation, if this does not interfere with their academic programs.