Pro-Belknap Campus Evacuation

procedure Belknap Campus Evacuation modified Wed Jun 24 2020 13:12:55 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

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UNIVERSITY
ADMINISTRATIVE
PROCEDURE

PROCEDURE NAME

Belknap Campus Evacuation

EFFECTIVE DATE

PROCEDURE APPLICABILITY

This procedure applies to: University Community (administrators, faculty, staff, and students).

PROCEDURE STATEMENT

The university has established procedures and guidelines to follow during an evacuation of the Belknap Campus:

Building Evacuation:

  • Do not activate the building fire alarm system to achieve evacuation
  • Do not call 911 unless there is an immediate life threatening emergency
  • Remain calm, but act quickly
  • Promptly secure equipment, research, etc. in safe shutdown condition before leaving
  • Remember to take personal belongings with you (backpacks, briefcases, purses, car keys, personal computing devices, etc.)
  • Spread the word of the evacuation order to others as you exit the building
  • Go to https://louisville.edu for regular updates on the emergency situation and information on returning to campus.


Evacuation by Automobile or Bicycle:

  • You may use your vehicle or bicycle to leave campus unless directed otherwise in the UofL Alert message.
  • Follow traffic directions provided by Police, Security and Parking Officers, Physical Plant workers and CERT Team members. Barricades will indicate streets that are not to be used during an evacuation.
  • Vehicle and bicycle evacuation routes must be followed and alternate routes will not be allowed. Bicyclist should refrain from using vehicle routes other than noted due to the potential of accident during an emergency.


Evacuation on Foot:

  • Exit campus as directed in the UofL Alert message for evacuation on foot. These instructions will generally provide a direction of travel to follow when leaving the university.
  • Pedestrians should exit campus by the shortest route; use crosswalks, obey police direction, and do not impede traffic flow. 
  • Move well off campus before stopping to determine how to get to your home. 


Evacuation of Mobility Impaired (when individual with mobility impairment is on the second floor or above of a building, or in the basement):

  • Assist ambulatory individuals by guiding them to the stairwell of the building and waiting near the stairwell until it is clear. Once clear, assist them in walking down the stairwell and outside to the pre-planned assembly area.
  • Assist a non-ambulatory individual by calling Public Safety at 502-852-6111 or 911 and advise them of the situation and the location of the individual. Move the impaired individual near the stairwell and wait for assistance. If the hazard becomes life-threatening (i.e., the fire is getting close or the smoke becomes chocking), move the individual into a room and close the door.  Vacate the building and immediately tell the emergency responders (Public Safety or Fire Department) where the individual is located.
RELATED INFORMATION

Evacuation orders to be disseminated via UofL Alert.

Staging locations will be identified via UofL Alert messages to allow evacuees to find public transportation to their home. Staging areas may include locations such as:

  • Churchill Downs
  • Kentucky Fair and Expo Center
  • Youth Performing Arts School

Cardinal Shuttle will only be used for mobility impaired individuals.

DEFINITIONS

Ambulatory Individuals – people with disabilities that require special assistance during an evacuation. Examples of these individuals include people who are blind or deaf or whose mobility is restricted by the use of walkers or crutches.

Non-ambulatory Individuals – people with disabilities that require the use of wheelchairs.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Building Emergency Coordinators and their assistants should check all corridors public areas to make sure everyone has evacuated.

ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY

Senior Associate Vice President for Operations

RESPONSIBLE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT/DIVISION

Environmental Health & Safety
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
502-852-6670
dehsubm@louisville.edu

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The University Policy and Procedure Library is updated regularly. In order to ensure a printed copy of this document is current, please access it online at http://louisville.edu/policies.