Evacuation Procedures
Instructions to evacuate a building will be issued by security, fire or police officials, or the building fire alarm will sound. Follow these steps:
  • Leave the building quickly in an orderly fashion.
  • Follow exit signs.
  • Use stairs instead of elevators.
  • Do not turn off lights or equipment.
  • Do not touch or move anything suspicious.
  • Evacuate to a location away from the building to allow emergency personnel to respond.
  • Do not return until instructed to by emergency officials.
Violent Intruder
If you come upon a violent intruder:
  • Do not confront the intruder.
  • Calm those around you and remain quiet.
  • Draw blinds to windows and secure doors, turn off lights and equipment.
  • Disregard any knock on the door or unfamiliar voices.
  • Be alert for students who still may be in the hallway.
Hazardous Material Release/Gas Leak
In the event of a leak of hazardous material or gas:
  • Avoid contact with the material spilled.
  • Do not turn other electrical devices on or off.
  • Do not use cell phones.
  • Evacuate the area.
Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm
If caught in a severe storm:
  • Seek shelter indoors until the severe weather is no longer a threat.
  • Choose interior corridors away from outside windows and close all doors.
  • Seek shelter beneath a desk, table or bench to protect yourself from falling objects.
  • Stay away from outside walls and windows.
Fire/Explosion
In the event of a fire or explosion on campus:
  • Activate the fire alarm system by pulling the alarm (located at all exits).
  • Evacuate the building immediately in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Get low to the ground and crawl to the safest exit if confronted with heavy smoke.
  • Know your building and have a primary and secondary escape route in mind.
  • Alert authorities with any information you may have about the incident, only after you have reached a designated "safe area."
Electrical Failure
Many campus buildings have full generator facilities, and the transition from outside power to generator power is virtually seamless. If you are in a building that suffers a power loss, contact security at 111 (or 203-582-6200 from a cell phone) to inform them of the emergency. If the power loss creates a dangerous or unhealthy situation, everyone in the area should evacuate to a safe location.

Bomb Threat
If you receive a call indicating there is a bomb in the building:
  • Remain calm; do not hang up.
  • Record the time of the call.
  • Try to keep the caller on the phone as long as possible.
  • Document everything the caller states. Ask questions about type and location of device, time of detonation and reason for planting the device.
  • Document characteristics of the caller's voice (loud, muffled, accented, intoxicated, etc.).
  • Listen to any background noise that may be present (television, traffic, music, etc.).
Elevator Malfunction
If you are trapped in an elevator, use the elevator emergency phone to contact security. If you discover a person trapped in an elevator, call security at 111 or 203-582-6200 from a cell phone. Remain calm; security and facilities staff will be sent to open the elevator.

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