Procedures for Evacuating Rice Buildings
In the event of a fire alarm,
all persons including faculty, staff, students, RA’s and visitors are expected
to immediately evacuate academic, athletic and residential facilities as
quickly and safely as possible. Never use the elevator during the evacuation.
Exit the building utilizing the most direct and closest evacuation stairwell
available. If you smell smoke or see a fire in the building, activate the fire
alarm system and exit the building closing doors along the exit path when
possible to contain the spread of flames and smoke. At no time should the
closing of doors or the activation of the alarm delay the exit from the
building. Person should never ignore a fire alarm or remain in the building
longer than is necessary to exit. Never re-enter the building to retrieve any
items or personal belongings. Re-enter only when emergency responders, Rice
Police or EHS advises the emergency is cleared. The alarms may be silenced
prior to giving the all clear.
In residential facilities,
evacuation maps are located near elevators and/or stairwells throughout the
buildings. Students are expected to assemble at their college evacuation point
and await further instruction.
academic or athletic facilities, building occupants should assemble outside the
building away from roadways and entry points.