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Emergency Evacuation Frequently Asked Questions

Follow emergency procedures and proceed to the nearest emergency exit. If necessary, contact your department safety liaison or manager to notify them you are safe from the emergency. Please do not re-enter a building that is in the process of being evacuated to claim belongings. Meet at the emergency assembly area if warranted.
You should head to the nearest exit door or stairwell that exits to the exterior of the building. Most buildings have evacuation maps close to stairwells and in elevator lobbies that show emergency evacuation routes.
Emergency assembly areas (EAAs) are pre-designated by UCLA Fire and are listed in the emergency action plan. Please assemble in an EAA only if it is safe to do so. Your department may have alternate EAAs identified in case their primary location is inaccessible or rendered unsafe. Please use an alternate EAA if the one listed is not safe to use.
You should prioritize your personal safety during an evacuation and only grab essential items such as your phone, wallet, keys and/or laptop if they are nearby. If you have a "go bag" you are recommended to take that as well. Please gather these items only if it is safe to do so. Do not re-enter a building once you have evacuated.
Your department safety liaison should make your emergency action plan (EAP) available for review and will train on the plan annually. At a minimum, you should review your EAP once a year as it is updated.
Follow emergency instructions and proceed to the nearest exit door or stairwell and exit the building. When in doubt, get out.
Direct any visitors to follow evacuating staff outside of the building. If any visitors are injured or unable to evacuate safely without help, assist them to the nearest area of refuge to wait for first responders.
If possible, report to your manager or department safety liaison that you have safely evacuated. Also, notify any first responders on the scene of any of the following:
    • Hazards
    • Injured individuals you observed while evacuating the building
    • Report if you observed individuals waiting in areas of refuge
When reporting an emergency, you should provide the following details if available:
    • Your name (be prepared to provide contact information in case of a disconnection)
    • The nature of the emergency
    • The location
    • When the emergency started
    • How the emergency happened
    • If you are in a safe location
    • If medical assistance is needed
Former warden program participants who wish to still play a role in evacuations may contact their department and ask to either be made a departmental safety liaison or to be listed as department staff with special skillsets that may be leveraged during an emergency (CERT training, first aid, AED/CPR, etc.).