Building Evacuation

Evacuation as Preparation

Building evacuation drills are one way to prepare for an emergency and help create a safe campus environment. Evacuation drills are a regulatory requirement, but also provide many benefits. Evacuation drills provide opportunities for responders, building occupants, and the Emergency Management department to prepare for emergency situations.  

Evacuation Procedure

Students, faculty and staff may be required to evacuate during an emergency. Most evacuations will be signalled by the activation of a fire alarm. If evacuation is ordered, follow these procedures:

  • Safely stop your work, stay calm, do not rush
  • Gather personal belongings if it is safe to do so
  • If safe, close your office door and window but do not lock them
  • Use the closest emergency exit, do not use the elevator
  • Proceed to the designated assembly point
  • Do not re-enter the building or work area until emergency responders state that it is safe to do so.

Emergency Buddy Program

The Emergency Buddy Program can greatly reduce the risk associated with the evacuation of persons with an impairment. Anybody with such conditions should be made aware of the Emergency Buddy Program — however, individuals are ultimately in charge of their own personal safety.

The Emergency Buddy Program ensures that emergency response teams are made aware of the location of a person with an impairment. The emergency buddy assists a person with an impairment to the nearest safe emergency exit and waits until the emergency response team can assist in evacuation. The person’s name, location, and any evacuation requirements can also be passed on to the emergency response team via another evacuating occupant.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following buildings on campus have a two stage alarm:

  • Taylor Family Digital Library
  • Teaching, Research and Wellness
  • Health Research Innovation Centre
  • MacKimmie Tower
  • The SMART building also has a two stage alarm, however it functions differently. Refer to the tenant handbook.

The floor that the alarm originates from will go into an immediate evacuation, there will not be a standby/alert alarm for that floor. Follow the broadcast voice instructions.

The remainder of the building will be on a standby/alert alarm and should prepare for evacuation. This standby/alert alarm may be in effect for a longer period of time than has been experienced previously. This will continue until the Fire Department has investigated, determined no cause for evacuation and silenced the alarm or has determined there is cause and the evacuation alarm is activated.

If a device on another floor from the original one is activated, that floor also will go into an evacuation alarm (e.g. the alarm originates on the third floor of TFDL and afterwards another one is activated on the fourth floor.)

A full building evacuation can be implemented by Campus Security or the Calgary Fire Department when required.

As you are evacuating, close all doors behind you to limit the movement of smoke, flames, or noxious odors. Fire separation doors will close automatically when the alarm is activated. A fire door is a door with a fire-resistance rating used as part of a passive fire protection system to reduce the spread of fire and smoke between separate compartments of a structure and to enable safe egress from a building. Fire separation doors should never be propped oven with a door wedge or other object. 

The purposes of assembly points are:

  • to provide a warm and safe location, protected from the elements for an evacuated population to gather
  • to provide a collection point and conduit for information from the responding emergency personnel to the evacuated population and from the evacuated population to the emergency responders.

Everyone should know the assembly point location for the building they occupy. This information should also be included in student and department orientations so everyone in the building is aware of the assembly point for their building.