General Evacuation Procedures
When evacuating your building or work area:
- Stay calm and do not rush or panic.
- Safely stop your work.
- Gather your personal belongings, only if it is safe to do so. (Reminder: take your prescription medications with you if at all possible; it may be hours before you are allowed back into the building).
- If safe, close your office doors and windows and lock them for security reasons.
- Use the nearest safe stairs and proceed to the nearest exit. Do not use the elevator. Proceed to the designated Emergency Assembly Area unless the evacuation is for a bomb threat. In that case, assemble as directed by emergency responders.
- Wait for instructions from emergency responders.
- Do not re-enter the building or work area until you have been instructed to do so by the emergency responders.
Persons who are either temporarily or permanently disabled to the extent their mobility is impaired are individually responsible for informing their supervisors and Police and Public Safety (443)-885-3103 or ext. 3103) of their name, building name, room number, and nature of disability. This information will be placed on a list and given to the Baltimore City Fire Department during emergencies.
Co-workers may assist evacuating disabled persons only if this places them in no personal danger.
Never use elevators.
Always ask someone with a disability how you can help before attempting any rescue technique or giving assistance. Ask the individual how to best assist and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.
Mobility impaired persons in wheelchairs on non-ground level floors should proceed to nearest enclosed stairwells and wait for the Baltimore City Fire Department to arrive. Someone should stay with the disabled person, if it does not place them in additional danger and someone should meet responding fire fighters to report the location of disabled persons. Follow the instructions for being trapped if you cannot get to an enclosed stairwell.
Visually impaired persons should have a sighted assistant to guide them to safety. Individually inform hearing-impaired persons of the emergency. Do not assume they know what is happening by watching others.
Evacuations - Hazardous Materials Release
If you witness a hazardous material spill, evacuate the spill site and warn others to stay away.
If you are the HAZMAT user:
- Leave the area of the spill first and go to a safe location nearby.
- Determine if you have the proper training and protective gear to clean up the spill.
- If you are able to clean up the spill, follow proper cleanup procedures and use proper personal protection.
- Manage the generated waste appropriately.
- Consult your supervisor as necessary.
- Isolate the spill area to keep everyone away and post signs as necessary.
Individuals recognizing HAZMAT spills that require additional notifications and resources will:
- Alert all individuals who might be harmed to evacuate the immediate area and to go to a location that will not impede emergency personnel.
- If safe and appropriate to do so, limit the spread of the material by applying absorbent and shutting doors.
- Notify MSUPD - (443)-885-3103 or ext. 3103 at a safe distance from the hazard to report:
a. The nature of the incident, and name of the HAZMAT, if known.
b. The exact location.
c. Whether or not there are any injuries.
d. What symptoms are being exhibited by exposed individuals.
e. Any other details that would assist officials in preparing their response.