Evacuation Procedure

Evacuation Procedure

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is committed to ensuring the rapid and safe evacuation of all campus buildings in the event of an emergency. All staff, faculty, and students should quickly exit the building when an evacuation announcement or fire alarm is activated. Office doors should be closed and locked. Proceed to the nearest exit and move safely away from the building and await instructions. Evacuation announcements may be in the form of a fire alarm, public address system, hand-held bullhorn, telephone announcement, voice or text message to cell phone, or by a Public Safety Officer.

Designated Evacuation Sites

  1. When an evacuation situation is in effect, all building occupants will immediately evacuate the building using the nearest fire exit and move safely away from the building.
  2. DPS will notify the evacuated persons of the designated evacuation sites. This may be accomplished in various ways that may include the following:
    • Use of the public address system
    • Use of hand-held bullhorns
    • Personal contact
    • Voice or text message to cell phones
    • Bryant Evacuation Safety Team members
  3. If there is a genuine emergency, either the Smithfield Fire or Police Departments will respond. Some alarms may require both agencies to respond. Depending on the cause of the alarm, either agency may control the scene for the duration of the alarm until it is deemed under control and safe. Persons will not be allowed to reenter the building until that determination has been made.
  4. Evacuation points for non-residential buildings.

Unistructure

  • Primary – Gymnasium/MAC
  • Secondary – The Fisher Student Center Commons

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Unistructure should be instructed to proceed to the Gymnasium/MAC. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the Fisher Student Center and remain in the common area.

Fisher Student Center

  • Primary – Unistructure Rotunda
  • Secondary – Gymnasium

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Fisher Student Center should be instructed to proceed to the Unistructure and remain in the Rotunda area. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to go to the Gymnasium/Mac.

Gymnasium/MAC and Wellness Center

  • Primary – Unistructure Rotunda
  • Secondary – The Fisher Student Center Commons

In the event of a fire emergency in the Gym/MAC, people occupying the Gym/MAC should be instructed to proceed to the Unistructure and remain in the Rotunda area. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to go to the Fisher Student Center Common area.

Bello Center

  • Primary – Gymnasium
  • Secondary – Unistructure Rotunda

AIC Building

  • Primary – Bello Library
  • Secondary – MAC

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the AIC Building should be instructed to proceed to the Bello Center. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the MAC and remain in the lobby.

Alumni House, Cornerstone Building

  • Primary – Hall 17 Common Area
  • Secondary – Chaffee Building

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Alumni House or the Cornerstone Building should be instructed to proceed to Hall 17 in the common area. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the Chafee Building and remain in the common area.

Lower Maintenance

  • Primary – Warehouse Building
  • Secondary – Unistructure

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying Lower Maintenance should be instructed to proceed to the Warehouse building and await further instructions. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the Unistructure loading dock and wait in the rotunda area.

Facilities

  • Primary – AIC Building
  • Secondary – MAC

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying Facilities should be instructed to proceed to the AIC Building in the common area. If this is not feasible, they should proceed to the MAC and wait in the lobby.

Indoor Practice Field

  • Primary – Wellness Center Lobby
  • Secondary – Bello Library

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Indoor Practice Field should be instructed to proceed to the Wellness Center lobby and await further instructions. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the Bello Library and wait in the rotunda area.

Conaty Baseball Field

  • Primary – Wellness Center Lobby
  • Secondary – Bello Library

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Conaty Park Baseball Field should be instructed to proceed to the Wellness Center lobby and await further instructions. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the Bello Library and wait in the rotunda area.

Conaty Softball Field

  • Primary – Wellness Center Lobby
  • Secondary – Bello Library

In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Conaty Park Softball Field should be instructed to proceed to the Wellness Center lobby and await further instructions. If this is not feasible, they should be instructed to proceed to the Bello Library and wait in the rotunda area.

Evacuation sites for residential buildings
The primary evacuation site will be the area where all occupants will be asked to proceed to. In the event that it is not feasible to proceed to the primary evacuation site all occupants will be asked to proceed to the secondary evacuation site.

Residence Hall 1-6

  • Primary – Unistructure Rotunda
  • Secondary – The Fisher Student Center

Residence Hall 7-13

  • Primary – The Fisher Student Center
  • Secondary – Unistructure Rotunda

Residence Hall 14

  • Primary – Residence Hall 15 lounge
  • Secondary – The Fisher Student Center

Residence Hall 15

  • Primary – Residence Hall 14 lounge area
  • Secondary – Residence Hall 17 common area

Residence Hall 16

  • Primary – Residence Hall 14 lounge
  • Secondary – Residence Hall 15 lounge

Residence Hall 17

  • Primary – Hall 15
  • Secondary – Fisher Center Building

Townhouse and Senior Apartments

  • Primary – Residence Hall 16 lounge
  • Secondary – Residence Hall 14 lounge

 

Bryant Evacuation Safety Team (BEST)

The Bryant Evacuation Safety Team (BEST) is a group of volunteers made up of staff and faculty members who augment the efforts of DPS in evacuating the building by ushering people out the building during fire alarms in the Unistructure. BEST members are assigned to various parts of the building and are equipped with hand-held two-way radios by which they have communication with DPS. BEST members are able to notify persons in their area about the severity and duration of the event and also direct them to shelter when necessary. When it is safe to reenter the building, BEST members will be notified, and they in turn will notify persons at their location.

BEST team members are trained and equipped by the DPS Fire Safety Coordinator. Any faculty or staff member with an interest in participating as a BEST member should contact the Bryant University Fire Safety Coordinator by calling the Department of Public Safety at 232-6001.