Emergency Evacuation Procedures

WCL Evacuation Meeting Points:

Corner of Yuma and 48th street and the Spring Valley Shopping Center where CVS is located.

Purpose:

Announced and unannounced fire drills provide for an orderly, effective and safe evacuation of the building in the event of fire or other threats to the safety of the Washington College of Law community. To ensure effective evacuation, every building occupant must comprehend and perform his or her own responsibilities.

Procedures and Duties:

The building must be evacuated immediately upon the sounding of the fire alarm signal. The evacuation shall be under the supervision of the Facilities Management Office and the Security Staff.

Evacuation and Emergency Equipment:

The building is equipped with six evacuation chairs to be used when evacuating individuals with special needs who may require assistance. The chairs are located in six strategic locations throughout the building.

  • 6th floor in the stairwell between #602 and #603 adjacent to the handicap lift
  • 5th floor outside 503 inside the stairwell
  • 4th floor outside room 402
  • 3rd floor behind the Facilities Management office room #383 adjacent to the copier
  • 2nd floor in the library by the handicap elevator
  • 1st floor behind the Security desk

We have issued radios to one volunteer on each floor to communicate with each other during the evacuation. The radios should be charged and ready to use for emergencies. Please check periodically to assure it is working properly.

Responsibilities During Evacuation:

Students, Faculty and Staff

  • Remain calm.
  • Assist persons in immediate danger to safety if it can be accomplished without risk of injury to you.
  • Students, faculty and staff requiring special assistance should assemble in the Areas of Rescue Assistance located in the elevator lobby on the second through sixth floor. These areas are identified by blue and white wheelchair accessible signs.
  • Do not attempt to collect personal items, i.e. books, laptops, etc. Please leave these items inside the room you were located.
  • Follow the directions of the designated evacuation volunteers and evacuate the building immediately.
  • Move at least one block away from the building in either direction ALONG the building side of Massachusetts Avenue. Proceed to the designated meeting points: corner of Yuma and 48th and the Spring Valley Shopping Center where CVS is located.
  • Do not cross Massachusetts Avenue under any circumstances, unless instructed to do so by Emergency Evacuation Volunteers or the Security Staff.
  • If the building closes for an extended period of time call the WCL information line at (202) 274-4400 or the American University information line at (202) 885-1100. If the building remains closed the Emergency Response Staff will meet at 4910 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 16 to coordinate any further action required. Students, Faculty and Staff will be asked to move to designated meeting points.
  • Do not attempt to re-enter the building until instructed to do so.

Emergency Evacuation Volunteers

  • Immediately assemble in the elevator lobby on your floor and walk in opposite directions.
  • Check all classrooms, restrooms, offices and kitchenette areas on your designated floor to make sure the areas are clear.
  • Check the Areas of Rescue Assistance on your floor for individuals requiring special assistance.
  • Once your area of responsibility is clear, take the stairs to the lobby, check out at the guard’s desk and exit the building.
  • If you were issued a radio switch to channel 1 and give the all clear signal by identifying your floor and saying “all clear.”
1st Floor & Library 3rd Floor 4th Floor 5th Floor
1st Floor &Library: Adeen Postar (Rm.110), Amy Taylor (Circulation Desk)
3rd Floor: David Jaffe (Rm.302), Cathy Prather (Rm.370)
4th Floor: Michael Sheib (Rm. 467),Kathleen Hudson (Rm. 417)
5th Floor: Walter Crawford (Rm. 502), Vanessa Anthony (Rm. 507), Amy Tenney (Rm. 515)  
6th Floor: Foodservice Manager (Dining Office)

Executive Chef – Bon Appetit

  • Facilitate the evacuation of the Dining Room.
  • Check to make sure all dining service personnel have evacuated the building.
  • Once the dining room is clear, take the stairs to the lobby and exit the building.

General Manager – Bon Appetit

  • Turn off all the kitchen appliances.
  • Lock all the entrances to the dining room.
  • Lock the gate to the food serving area.
  • Lock the dining services office.
  • Take the stairs to the lobby and exit the building.

Customer Service Coordinator – Monica Phillips

  • Proceed to the lobby and assist with the evacuation through the front doors.
  • Move out to the plaza and provide crowd control directing people away from the building and preventing re-entry.
  • Listen for instructions to allow re-entry to the building.
  • When given the signal allow re-entry to the building in an orderly fashion.

Maintenance Technician – Roger Perla

  • Proceed to the 6th floor elevator lobby and assist individuals with special needs.
  • If there are no individuals requiring special assistance, assist Emergency Evacuation Volunteers clear the floor.
  • Once the floor is clear take the stairs to the lobby and assist Jose to locate and correct the problem.

Maintenance Staff – Hector Caballero

  • Proceed to the 5th floor elevator lobby and assist individuals with special needs.
  • If there are no individuals requiring special assistance, assist Emergency Evacuation Volunteers clear the floor.
  • Once the floor is clear, take the stairs to the lobby, check out at the security desk and exit the building.

Maintenance Staff – Manuel Nunez

  • Proceed to the 4th floor elevator lobby and assist individuals with special needs.
  • If there are no individuals requiring special assistance, assist Emergency Evacuation Volunteers clear the floor.
  • Once the floor is clear, take the stairs to the lobby, check out at the security desk and exit the building.

Assistant Director of Facilities – Tony Roane

  • Proceed to the 3rd floor elevator lobby and assist individuals with special needs.
  • If there are no individuals requiring special assistance, assist Emergency Evacuation Volunteers clear the floor.
  • Once the floor is clear, take the stairs to the lobby, check out at the security desk and exit the building.
  • Await the clear signal and make the announcement to re-enter the building.

Director of Facilities – Walter Labitzky

  • Proceed to the security desk and provide coverage.
  • Provide assistance with the evacuation process as necessary.
  • If there is an actual emergency call 911 and report the situation.
  • Evacuate the building and await the arrival of the Fire and/or Police Department.
  • Once the Fire and /or Police Department arrive, operate as the primary contact person for information updates.

Building Maintenance Engineer - Noe Benitez

  • Proceed to the enunciator panel in the main lobby.
  • Identify the location of the alarm and notify the Building Engineer.
  • Silence and reset the alarm when the Building Engineer gives the ok.
  • Make sure the panel is clear.
  • Notify the Building Engineer the alarm has been reset.
  • In the absence of the Director and Assistant Director call 911.

Building Engineer – Jose Suarez

  • Check with the Building Maintenance Engineer to get the location of the alarm.
  • Proceed to the location of the alarm and assess the situation.
  • If it is a routine alarm perform necessary service to correct situation.
  • Notify the Building Maintenance Engineer to reset the alarm.
  • Reset the elevators in the lobby and library.
  • If there is an actual fire/emergency notify Director or Assistant Director to call 911.
  • Exit the building and await the Fire Department.

Security Personnel

  • Take positions on the left and right sides of the front of the building to assist and direct people to the evacuation meeting points.
  • When given the “all clear” signal assist pedestrians crossing back towards the building.
  • Upon re-entering the building check the status of the situation by reviewing the computer print out and log the information in the Security Log.

Department Wardens

Designated emergency response Department Warden will vacate their respective office and direct staff and other building occupants in their immediate area to exit the building by the nearest stairwell. Once outside they should meet their office staff at the designated meeting points. During the evacuation process provide up to date information to evacuees at the WCL evacuation meeting points as received from emergency response staff. Assist in the return to the building once the All Clear has been given.

Crowd Control Assistants

Faculty and staff located on the first floor that have been assigned to assist with crowd control for those exiting the building during an evacuation. There primary role is to disperse the crowd from the entrance to WCL on the plaze to the designated evacuation meeting points.