To continue to ensure the safety of everyone on campus during an emergency situation we have revised both our invacuation – taking shelter – procedure and evacuation procedure.
Please familiarise yourself with both of these.
If invacuation is necessary, for example because of an environmental hazard, a warbling siren will be sounded for 30 seconds. When you hear the siren you should take the following action:
- If you are in the open air, proceed to the nearest building and go inside.
- Take immediate cover away from windows and doors.
- If possible, ensure access to a computer screen running active directory for further information.
- Only leave a building when directed to do so by Security staff or the Emergency Services or by an official computer message.
The PC emergency messaging system will be used to keep you updated on the situation during an invacuation by displaying messages on the screens of computers on the University network. These will be available to everyone who has Windows 7 Active Directory on their PCs and messages will change on a five minute cycle. This covers around 80% of campus PCs so if yours does not, or you are in a meeting room, please obtain access to a relevant PC.
The ‘all clear’ will be sounded with an intermittent siren.
In the event of needing to evacuate a building, the evacuation alarm (the same as a fire alarm) will sound.
During an evacuation the designated fire routes should be used which will signpost you to an emergency fire exit door. You should then move to an assembly point away from buildings.
Any visitors must be escorted out of the building by their hosts.
There may be occasions when evacuating into the open air is not in your best interests in which case you may hear the invacuation alarm after the evacuation alarm has been sounded and you should then go inside a different building.