University of Vermont

Office of Emergency Management

Campus Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Campus Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Emergency Evacuations

Evacuation of one or more buildings may be necessary in the event of a fire, bomb threat, chemical spill or other type of emergency. Such an evacuation will be signaled by the use of the building fire alerting system.

Upon being notified of the need for an emergency evacuation, those in the building should:

  • Grab keys, cell phone, and any needed personal property that might be needed should reoccupancy be delayed (like a purse or coat)
  • Secure workspace, office or lab
  • Proceed to the nearest exit, keeping in mind that one or more exits could beblocked
  • Move rapidly away from the building and gather with others from your floor or department at a pre-selected location for a head-count by your CatWatch Coordinator or RA (for residence halls)

Emergency Drills

In accordance with state and local fire codes, evacuation drills are conducted in all University residence halls at least annually and in all other buildings on a rotating schedule, in coordination with the UVM Fire Marshal, UVM Police Services and the Burlington Fire Department. Generally announced, these drills prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation in case of fire or other emergencies.

During the drill, occupants practice drill procedures and familiarize themselves with the locations of exits, evacuation routes, designated assembly locations and the sound of the fire alarm.

Evacuation drills are monitored by the UVM Fire Marshal and recommendations for improvements are submitted to the appropriate departments/offices for consideration.

Campus Housing

UVM on-campus housing residents receive information on emergency response protocols, evacuation, and sanctions for false alarms at the beginning of the academic year through both written material and floor meetings.

Evacuation drills for on-campus student housing are coordinated through the UVM Office of Residential Life. Staff in the residence halls undergo yearly training prior to the start of the academic school year covering topics such as fire suppression/safety, wheelchair/ADA evacuation, and emergency/disaster preparedness. An on-call duty resident director, who acts as liaison with responding emergency personnel, is available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Academic and Administrative Buildings

CatWatch Coordinators assist in an orderly evacuation and confirm that everyone is out of the area.

Evacuation Protocols