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Evacuation Procedures

All members of the Drexel community should become familiar with recommended evacuation procedures. This includes learning where exits are located and knowing the location of your assembly area.

Building Evacuation

Building evacuation procedures, posted in all elevator lobbies, are approved by the Philadelphia Fire Department and adopted as official Drexel University policy.

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

  2. The Drexel Public Safety Communications Center (DPSCC) will notify the Philadelphia Fire Department when a fire alarm is activated.

  3. When the fire alarm sounds, LEAVE AT ONCE. Close doors behind you. Proceed to be nearest fire exit and leave the building.

  4. Persons with disabilities, accompanied by a partner if possible, should wait at the entrance to the nearest fire tower or exit, conditions permitting, until the main flow of people has passed. Fire towers are specifically designed to provide refuge from smoke and/or heat in a fire emergency. At that time, go into the fire tower and wait on the landing until help arrives. Tell a person leaving the building to communicate your location to Drexel Public Safety or emergency personnel. Provide assistance to persons with disabilities or anyone who may need assistance.


  6. Feel the door that leads from your room/lab/office to the corridor before opening. If it is hot or if smoke is seeping in, do not open. Use the telephone in your room/lab/office to call the Fire Department (911) and give the name and location of the building, the floor you are on, and the room or office number.

  7. If the door feels cool, open it cautiously. If the hall is clear, proceed cautiously and quickly to the nearest safe exit.

  8. 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.

  9. DO NOT BLOCK OR PROP OPEN FIRE DOORS! In a fire situation closed doors provide you with protection and time to exit safely.

Campus-wide Evacuation

In case of a campus-wide disaster, such as a major earthquake, or upon orders from the Philadelphia Fire Department or other emergency agencies, it may be necessary to evacuate some or all campus buildings. Many of the following procedures listed for evacuation would apply:

  1. The evacuation should be accomplished by following the building evacuation routes as indicated on various signs throughout the building. Occupants should leave by the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.

  2. Persons with disabilities should be assisted in exiting the building.

  3. In no situation should elevators be used to evacuate a building.

  4. Once outside the building, proceed to the designated assembly area, where you will receive direction from Drexel Public Safety officials.

  5. Faculty members, supervisors, and authorized residential personnel are requested to take roll, if possible.

Occupants should report to designated assembly areas after evacuating a building.