Evacuation is required when:

  • the fire alarm sounds in your building (during a drill or otherwise).
  • an evacuation announcement is made.
  • a university official (e.g. University Police or Building Coordinator) orders you to evacuate.

Building Evacuation

  • All building occupants are required to evacuate when the fire alarm sounds or upon the order of an authorized university official, such as a University Police officer, Emergency Management personnel or other campus official.
  • If time permits, destabilize lab procedures, turn off stoves and ovens, and unplug or disable any device that could make a dangerous situation even worse.
  • Remain calm. Move to the closest exit and proceed down the EXIT stairwell in a safe and orderly manner. Do NOT use elevators.
  • Take essential personal belongings with you, but leave quickly. You might not have a chance to access the building/office for a few hours or longer.
    • Tip: Get into the habit of leaving essential items, such as wallet, purse, cell phone, etc., in the same, easily accessible place on a daily basis so that when an emergency arises, you can gather them and leave quickly.
  • Evacuate to the predetermined building evacuation location and report to the Building Coordinator.
    • Each building has a trained Building Coordinator
    • Each Floor has identified and trained Floor Monitors.

Large-Scale (Partial or Full Campus or City) Evacuation

  • Immediate, large-scale threats to campus might require a full campus evacuation. (Examples include: large hazardous materials (HAZMAT) incident, bomb threat, or explosions, among others, and could occur on campus or nearby campus.)
  • Evacuate quickly and follow instructions provided via Loyola Alert Notifications.
  • Take your essential belongings with you, but leave quickly. Suspension of operations might be for a prolonged period.
  • If evacuation of part or all of campus is necessary, monitor Loyola Alert Notifications and the University Website for additional information.
  • Loyola’s Continuity of Operations Plan will be activated as needed (for example, during a hurricane evacuation.)

See Hurricane Preparedness for more information on planned, large-scale evacuations of campus or the city.