Emergency Preparedness

Building Evacuation

During an emergency, proper action saves lives. For your safety, please familiarize yourself with these basic steps which pertain to students, faculty and staff on all University campuses.
  1. When you hear a fire alarm signal, you must immediately evacuate the building. All doors should be closed behind you. Use the nearest exit and do not use elevators. Evacuation of the building is mandatory. Once you have evacuated, re-entry is only permitted after approval from the appropriate emergency personnel.
  2. Leave the building and assemble in an area established for your building. Ensure you are at least 200 feet from the main entrance of the building where you will not hinder the approaching firefighters and apparatus. Upon arrival at the assembly point, a survey of staff members/students/visitors present shall be conducted to determine if anyone failed to evacuate. If anyone is discovered to be missing, immediately report that information to the emergency personnel. For evacuation reference, please follow the Building Assembly Areas
  3. If caught in smoke or heat, stay low where the air quality is better and attempt to reach a safe exit or area of refuge.
  4. Know the location of all exits in your building. All exits at the University are properly marked with illuminated EXIT signs.
  5. If unable to leave your room or office due to heat or heavy smoke in the hallway, or due to physical disability, call Public Safety and give your exact location so the firefighters can be directed to you. If you require special assistance during an evacuation due to a physical disability, make sure you advise Rowan Communications so they can respond accordingly to accommodate your special needs.

In circumstances where an immediate evacuation may not be warranted: such as an active shooter, bomb threat etc.; you will be notified of what action to take, via the established communication, such as the Rowan Alert, a uniformed responder, 911 dispatcher, your supervisor, telephone, webpage, or an emergency radio broadcast.

Post Incident

Once an incident is over, police, fire or other appropriate Emergency Official(s) will return the building back over to the Facility Management. Management will then prepare for re-entry by announcing that it is safe and clear, or clear with conditions for re-occupancy. In coordination, Public Safety and Building Management should communicate re-entry instructions. This can be facilitated by;

  1. Public Safety Personnel
  2. Building Facility Staff
  3. Door Monitors
  4. Mass Notification System (Rowan Advisory)

Community members with special needs should be assisted by staff members as much as is reasonable and safe. If additional assistance is needed, consult with on-scene emergency responders.

Evacuating the Campus

The Emergency Response Team would order the general evacuation of the campus in cooperation with the local, county, and state civil authorities. Be prepared to follow the directions provided through the Communications Protocol. http://www.rowan.edu/emergency/procedures/team.cfm