Evacuation

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, or by a Public Safety Officer.

Students living in residence halls should take a moment to familiarize themselves with their evacuation meeting spot. Each residence hall has a specific location that all residents of that hall should report to during an emergency. This location is signified by a red dot on the walkway pavement. Inside the red dot is the corresponding number of the residence hall. When the fire alarm is activated, all residents should report to this spot and await instructions from Public Safety or from a member of the Residence Life staff.

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
    • Bryant Evacuation Safety Team members
  3. If there is a genuine, 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.
    1. Unistructure
      1. Primary – Gymnasium/MAC
      2. Secondary – Bryant Center Commons
        1. 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 Bryant Center and remain in the common area.
    2. Bryant Center
      1. Primary – Unistructure Rotunda
      2. Secondary – Gymnasium
        1. In the event of a fire emergency, people occupying the Bryant 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.
    3. Gymnasium/MAC and Wellness Center
      1. Primary – Unistructure Rotunda
      2. Secondary – Bryant Center Commons
        1. 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 Bryant Center Common area.
    4. Alumni House, Facilities Plant, Lower Maintenance, Cornerstone Pub
      1. In the event of a fire emergency in outlying buildings, the people occupying that area should be instructed to proceed to a designated point by the supervisor for a head count of people from that building.
    5. Bello Center
      1. Primary – Gymnasium
      2. Secondary – Unistructure Rotunda
  5. 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.

      1. Residence Hall 1-6
        1. Primary – Unistructure Rotunda
        2. Secondary – Bryant Center
      2. Residence Hall 7-13
        1. Primary – Bryant Center
        2. Secondary – Unistructure Rotunda
      3. Residence Hall 14
        1. Primary – Residence Hall 15 lounge
        2. Secondary – Bryant Center
      4. Residence Hall 15
        1. Primary – Residence Hall 14 lounge
        2. Secondary – Residence Hall 16 lounge
      5. Residence Hall 16
        1. Primary – Residence Hall 14 lounge
        2. Secondary – Residence Hall 15 lounge
      6. Townhouse and Senior Apartments
        1. Primary – Residence Hall 16 lounge
        2. 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 Marshal. Any faculty or staff member with an interest in participating as a BEST member should contact the Bryant University Fire Marshal at ext. 6852 or by calling the business line of the DPS, ext. 6001.