evacuate
When the emergency conditions involve a fire or gas leak that would require building occupants to exit the building, the safest method to protect individuals may be to evacuate the building and meet at the designated rally point.

Evacuate

Upon hearing the TCU Alert notification system to evacuate, the following steps should be followed:

  • Dress appropriately for the weather
  • Take only essentials with you (eyeglasses, ID, medications, wallet, phone), do not pack belongings
  • If time allows, turn off potentially hazardous equipment and appliances
  • If time allows, close the door to your room as you exit
  • Leave the building by the nearest, safest exit
  • Avoid using the elevator
  • If able, ask and provide help for those who need assistance in evacuating the facility
  • Meet at designated rally point
  • If you need special assistance evacuating the building, contact Campus Police at extension 7777 or 817-257-7777 

Follow these procedures as closely as possible, without putting yourself in extreme danger.

Before an Evacuation

  • Review and update Building Emergency Response plans
  • Inform and train building personnel on emergency procedures, updates, and changes
  • Ask personnel in suite or on each floor to work on devising an evacuation plan
    • Who will do what assignments?
    • Which stairwell is the nearest and will be used to exit the building?
    • Where is the building rally point?
  • Conduct Emergency Drills annually
  • Inspect and restock emergency response supplies semi-annually or after each use

During an Evacuation

  • Assist Emergency Floor Officers in asking building occupants to exit the building in a safe manner and make their way to the rally point
  • Assist building occupants who need assistance in exiting the building, make sure you ask the person first if you can assist them and how you can help
  • At rally point, take attendance with Emergency Floor Officers of staff to ensure everyone is accounted for
  • If anyone is missing or their whereabouts are unknown, notify the Incident Commander

After an Evacuation

  • Complete a post lockdown assessment to turn in to the Emergency Management Office to implement improvements

Before an Evacuation

  • Should be familiar with their assigned zones and all evacuation procedures

During an Evacuation

  • Use an authoritative tone and calm demeanor to direct occupants to the appropriate exit and away from the site of the emergency as they evacuate
  • Notify the Building Deputy of any staff needing special attention during an emergency situation
  • Do not move injured individuals, unless an emergency threatens their well-being
  • Proceed to designated rally point
  • Respond and communicate with Building Deputy for further instructions
  • May designate assistants from available personnel in their area, if needed

After an Evacuation

  • At the rally point, take attendance with Building Deputy of staff to ensure everyone is accounted for
  • If anyone is missing or their whereabouts are unknown,  notify the Incident Commander

Before an Evacuation

Familiarize yourself with

  • Stairwell exits for your floor
  • Fire extinguisher locations
  • Seek shelter locations
  • Faculty, staff or students who work in your area and may need assistance in evacuating the building
  • Weather radio locations

During an Evacuation

  • Obey the instructions of the Building Deputies and Emergency Floor Officers during an emergency or drill
  • Proceed to the designated rally point
  • Aid in the event of an emergency, as directed by Building Deputy, the Emergency Floor Officers, Campus Police, or emergency response personne.

Before an Evacuation

Familiarize yourself with

  • Stairwell exits for your floor
  • Fire extinguisher locations
  • Seek shelter locations
  • Faculty, staff or students who work in your area and may need assistance in evacuating the building
  • Weather radio locations

During an Evacuation

  • Follow evacuation plan
  • Remain alert and look/listen for signs of an emergency in the building
  • Relay any information to the Building Deputies, Emergency Floor Officers or emergency response personnel
  • May be asked by the Building Deputies to assist Emergency Floor Officers or emergency response personnel