If you are at any of our campuses during the week of Nov. 4, you might hear fire alarms and large groups of people standing outside. In an ongoing effort in emergency preparedness, employees and students will be practicing fire/evacuation drills on the following dates:
- Monday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.
About the drill
The purpose of fire evacuation drills is to ensure the efficient and safe use of exits in the case of an emergency. Practicing orderly, under control exiting of the building will help prevent panic that has been responsible for much of the loss of life in major fire disasters.
Order and control are the primary purposes of the drill. Speed in emptying buildings, while desirable, is not in itself an object, and are secondary to the maintenance of proper order and discipline.
The fire evacuation drills are an opportunity to familiarize yourself with all available means of exits, particularly emergency exits that are not habitually used during the normal occupancy of the building.
Once outside of the building, participants will report to an evacuation gathering area.
Do not re-enter the building unless advised to do so by Campus Public Safety, Facilities staff, or a member of the Emergency Evacuation Team. If the alarm is no longer sounding, know that it does not indicate a safe building.
Originally posted on the Bates Technical College’s Blog.