Evacuation Plan

Evacuation Plan

The need to evacuate a building can be for several reasons. Some examples of situations where evacuation may be necessary are for a fire, bomb scare, chemical spill, or an “active shooter” event.

If a decision is made to evacuate a building or buildings, a designated person from each building (See Building Evacuation Responsibilities below) will be notified by the Security Department, and asked to alert other persons in their work area. Depending on the situation, it may also be necessary to notify offices in other buildings. If a fire alarm is sounded, then notifications may not be necessary. Fire alarms should only be activated when there is visible smoke, or a fire in the building. All other evacuations should be done by word of mouth, unless otherwise directed by campus officials.

  1. All persons will evacuate the building as quickly and orderly as possible, using designated evacuation routes (See “Evacuation Routes” below). In the case of fire, all classroom and office windows and doors should be closed.
  2. Once outside, a head count should be taken by a faculty member or delegate to assure that no one is left behind. Faculty members should always maintain a class attendance roster.
  3. Once outside, no one will re-enter the building (for any reason) until it has been declared safe by police or fire officials.
  4. While outside, all persons will stay at least 300 feet from the building.

Evacuation Locations

Bradley Building

Grassy area along Albemarle Street, beside lower main student parking lot

Edward M. Elias Science Building

Grassy area along Albemarle Street, beside lower main student parking lot

M. S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center

Open field North of tennis Courts

Main Classroom Building / John J. Romano Administration Building

Front: Grass area South of Faculty & Staff parking lot

Rear: Grass area on upper (south) end of soccer field

Pullo Family Performing Arts Center / Lee R. Glatfelter Library Building

Front: Wooded area South of building

Rear: Far end of the lower student parking lot

Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center

Open field near tennis courts

Maintenance Building

Grassy area along Albemarle Street, beside lower main student parking lot


The security officer on duty at the time of an incident is responsible for assuring that York County 911 Center is notified, so that emergency personnel can be alerted.

Security and maintenance/janitorial personnel will be responsible for alerting faculty who are teaching in classrooms. They should then take safe positions in view of the building entrances to prevent entry until the emergency is over.

  1. Notify faculty members as quickly as possible so that they can. evacuate their students.
  2. Faculty and students will leave the building in accordance to evacuation routes (as quickly and orderly as possible) and gather at assembly points for attendance. Faculty members should assist students in evacuation procedures and help to get them to the evacuation destinations.
  3. Any persons not accounted for should be reported to University or emergency officials immediately.

Individuals are expected to remain on campus until otherwise instructed. In the case of an active shooter type situation, individuals should get as far away from the incident as possible and find cover. Leaving campus by vehicle is not recommended as this may cause a traffic jam which could put people in danger. It could also impede incoming emergency vehicles.