Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility.  It is important for individuals, and departments, to make plans for emergency evacuations.  The following general guidelines, and Guidelines for People with Disabilities, apply to emergency building evacuations involving fire or possible structural damage such as that caused by an explosion or earthquake.


General rules for use

In the event of an evacuation, building occupants should take the following actions:

  1. Identify evacuation routes and secure-in-place locations.
  2. Use stairwells instead of elevators.
  3. After evacuating, go to designated building assembly point.


  1. Identify at least two evacuation routes from the building or spaces where you spend time.
  2. Practice evacuating using both routes.
  3. Identify a location where you can secure or shelter-in-place.
  4. If you anticipate needing special assistance with evacuation, students may contact the Accessible Education Center at 541-346-1155 and employees can notify Employee and Labor Relations at 541-346-2985. In addition, you can utilize the File Evacuation Guidelines for People with Disabilities
  5. Plan with members of your department who will take a head count after evacuation to ensure everyone safely evacuated.


  1. Leave the building immediately when signaled by fire alarm, UO Alert message (via text message, e-mail, Smart Classroom, or digital display), or instructions from emergency personnel.
  2. Do not take any noncritical items while evacuating.
  3. Walk as calmly as possible.
  4. Use only stairs and fire escapes during evacuations; avoid elevators.
  5. Go to the designated evacuation assembly area for head count and check-in.
  6. Alert emergency personnel if anyone is trapped inside or needs additional assistance.


  1. Stay where you are until cleared to exit or reenter the building by emergency personnel or UO Alert!

Special Issues

Evacuation from a Classroom

  1. Each building has evacuation maps posted in main hallways. You can consult this map for the nearest evacuation route. This map will also include the designated fire assembly location for the building.
  2. Location: You can also pick a specific location near the building's assembly point where you'd like to meet all your students should you ever need to evacuate. Share evacuation and assembly location information with your students on the first day of the term and consider including that information on your syllabus.
  3. Practice evacuation routes by entering and exiting the building using the difference routes you identified.

Non-Emergency Evacuation

  1. If non-emergency building evacuation is recommended, gather personal belongings and secure your work area, if safe to do so, before exiting the building.
  2. Persons who need assistance during non-emergency evacuation can call UOPD at 541-346-2919, press 0 for assistance. During regular working hours, the building manager,  or office manager should be notified of persons who need assistance so they can advise emergency personnel on their location.