Instructions for evacuation

Bechtel Engineering Center Emergency Plan

State law requires occupants to evacuate to a safe location when the fire alarm sounds, or when ordered to do so by emergency response personnel or a campus issued message. Occupants should be familiar with two evacuation routes from their work site location.

Evacuation Route Emergency Assembly Area Designated Waiting Area(s)
Primary: Nearest Exit as posted Primary: East Esplanade between Davis and O'Brien As posted in stairs and elevator lobbies without ground floor exits.
Secondary: nearest available exit Secondary: As determined by staff  

When Evacuating:

  • If safe, gather personal belongings and go bag.
  • Stay calm; walk, don’t run
  • Never use elevators
  • Proceed to the designated EAA and report to your department’s roll taker.
  • Wait for any instructions from emergency responders or the Building Coordinator.
  • Do not re-enter until allowed by emergency personnel.

Emergency Assembly Area

The Emergency Assembly Area (EAA) for a campus building is noted on the Emergency Procedures signs posted by exits and stairways. EAAs are open areas located a safe distance from a building. EAAs should not be confused with Designated Waiting Areas (DWA), which are located within buildings for those who need assistance evacuating.

During a large-scale evacuation, your building's EAA may not be available; follow directions of emergency personnel to a safe alternate location.

Specific Roles

Building Coordinator (BC)

Key Responsibilities

  • Gather information to report to Emergency Management Area (EMA) and Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Status of occupants
  • Hazards
  • Status of utilities
  • Communicate information from EMA/EOC to building occupants
  • Prevent re-entry until structural assessment

Tasks During Evacuation

  • Prevent re-entry
  • Place white signs (closed pending inspection) on doors
  • Lock doors if safe and possible
  • Evaluate overall status
  • Coordinate with first responders
  • Gather information from Roll Takers & Floor Wardens
  • Report requested information to EMA
  • Share information from EMA/EOC with building occupants

Alternate Building Coordinator

Key Responsibilities

  • Act as primary BC in BC’s absence
  • Assist BC during building evacuation

Tasks During Evacuation

  • Help compile information
  • Assist with radio communication

Floor Warden

Key Responsibilities

  • Encourage occupants to evacuate
  • Visually evaluate assigned area
  • Provide reasonable assurance that occupants have left the building

Tasks During Evacuation

  • Walk assigned area
  • Vocally encourage evacuation
  • Visually evaluate assigned area
  • Direct people to calmly proceed to exits
  • Open doors & loudly encourage evacuation
  • Provide reasonable assistance only if requested
  • Usher building occupants to Emergency Assembly Area (EAA)
  • Report information to BC in EAA
  • Assist BC as requested

Roll Taker

Key Responsibilities

  • Account for all staff in EAA
  • Communicate occupant status to BC

Tasks During Evacuation

  • Conduct roll call in EAA
  • Identify any unaccounted for occupants
  • Ask managers for assistance in locating missing staff (call/text/check calendar).
  • Coordinate with Floor Wardens
  • Report total numbers to BC
  • Assist BC as requested

Disability Evacuation Procedures

During an emergency evacuation, individuals with mobility impairments should relocate to the Designated Waiting Area (DWA). DWA locations are shown on building evacuation floor plans posted near building elevators and most stairwells.

Persons who cannot self-evacuate should follow the instructions on the DWA signage located at each DWA. The signage includes rescue information to report to first responders.

If a DWA cannot be reached, individuals with mobility impairments should find a room with an exterior window and call 911.

An emergency evacuation chair to assist in carrying a person with mobility impairment up or down stairs is available in most buildings if multiple floors lack ground level access. They are stored in marked cabinets. Persons with mobility impairments may request a universal key to the cabinets. If a cabinet key is not available during emergency evacuation, the lock on the cabinet may be broken to access the evacuation chair inside.

Instructions on how to use the emergency evacuation chair are posted on the inside of the cabinet door. Only in life threatening situation should occupants carry in an individual in an evacuation chair. At all other times only trained emergency responders should carry someone.

Photographs demonstrating evacuation chair use, as well as a demonstration video, are available
online at access-guide.berkeley.edu/safety-guide/

Step 1: Open folded chair (like opening a folded lawn chair).
Step 2: Make sure that latches at the rear of the chair are secure.
Step 3: Secure passenger in chair with seat belt.
Step 4: If person with disability cannot control movement of limbs (e.g., arms, legs,) then use straps to secure limbs to chair before moving person.
Step 5: When a person is being carried either up or down stairs, make sure the person being carried is always facing up (not down) the stairs.
Step 6: Once on the final level surface, set chair down and push chair out of building in a posture similar to pushing a wheelbarrow (the legs of the evacuation chair have wheels).

Before assisting an individual with disabilities, ask if and how best to assist.