Building Evacuation Plan Template

Building Evacuation Plan for (Name of Building)
1 — Purpose

This plan has been prepared to ensure orderly evacuation of (name of building) whenever an emergency occurs, or the alarm sounds. It should be read in conjunction with Policy 2215 — Fire & Emergency Evacuation.

2 — Emergency Evacuation Procedures
The first priority in an emergency which requires the evacuation of (name of building) is evacuation, not dealing with the emergency.

If a person detects such an emergency he or she should activate the alarm and attempt to deal with the situation if and only if he or she is confident that that can be done safely.

If the alarm is activated, building occupants must

a. calmly, orderly and immediately leave the building using the quickest evacuation route (see evacuation route diagram posted on floor),

b. not use elevators (only reference if there is one in the building),

c. close doors and windows if it is safe to do so,

d. provide assistance to those who are unable to leave the building on their own,

e. go to the designated assembly area (specify the assembly area),

f. if the building alarm system is not connected to the Fire Department call 911 (only reference if this is the case), and

g. report what he or she has seen to a building or floor warden or to Facilities Management at 364-2444.

3 — Fire Protection Equipment

If fire protection equipment such as a fire extinguisher is used

a) inform Fix-it, by e-mail, or Facilities Management, at 364-2444, and

b) move the equipment to a secure area; do not return the used equipment to its original station.

4 — Emergency Medical Assistance

When medical assistance is required, call 911, and then call Facilities Management at 364-2444 and a designated first aid provider.

5 — Building and Floor Wardens

The building warden and floor warden(s) ensure that building evacuation is carried out as planned, evacuated occupants are directed to assigned assembly points where they will be accounted for, and persons needing assistance to evacuate are attended to.

Building warden: (Name, location and contact information)

Floor Warden(s): (Name, location and contact information)

In the event of an evacuation, the building warden

a. goes to an assigned entrance and ensures no one enters the building through that entrance,
b. directs persons leaving the building to go to the designated assembly area (specify the designated assembly area)
c. ensures that floor wardens have checked their assigned areas,
d. accounts for individuals within the building and notifies the Fire Department if anyone is not accounted for,
e. silences the alarm when it is appropriate to do so, and
f. informs building occupants that they can re-enter the building when it is safe to do so.

In the event of an evacuation, the floor warden

a. supervises the orderly evacuation of building occupants, including those persons who require assistance,
b. checks to ensure that all unlocked rooms and washrooms in his/her area are evacuated,
c. ensures that persons who cannot be evacuated are placed in as safe a location as possible (on the floor in the corner of a room near a window) and report to the building warden that the building is not fully evacuated and the location and conditions of persons who have not been evacuated,
d. reports to the building warden concerning these matters, and
e. conducts head counts in the assembly area and reports to the building warden if there are unaccounted persons who may still be in the building.

6 — Fire Drills

Fire drills will take place at least once per year under the co-ordination and supervision of the Director of Facilities Management and in consultation with the building warden. A review of this plan will be done annually by the building warden.

7 — Control of Fire Hazards in the Building

(Identify the fire hazards in the building and how they are controlled. Include information about any flammable or combustible liquids or other dangerous goods.) 

8 — Inspections and Maintenance for the Safety of Occupants

(Make comments on inspections and maintenance. These comments can be generic in most cases because buildings are inspected on a monthly basis and there is a process in place.)

The building is inspected for safety issues on a monthly basis, the fire alarm system is inspected by the alarm supplier on an annual basis, and the fire extinguishers are inspected by the University on an annual basis.

9 — Fire Emergency Systems

(Document the type, location, and operation of the building’s fire emergency systems.)