Building Evacuation

Many situations require building evacuation. In the event that a fire alarm sounds or building evacuation is otherwise communicated to you:

  1. Safely stop your work.
  2. Remain calm and orderly. Gather your personal belongings quickly.
  3. Close doors and windows.
  4. Never prop stairwell doors open.
  5. If time permits, turn off the power to all electrical equipment.
  6. Walk quickly—but do not run—to the nearest safe exit.
  7. Do not use elevators.
  8. Follow instructions of the OSU Police or other properly identified emergency personnel.
  9. Go to predetermined departmental collection point to report your safety status.

Elevator Entrapment

  1. Call the OSU Police at 744-6523 or activate emergency phone inside elevator car.
  2. Relay how many people are trapped, the condition of passengers, the name of the building, and the floor that the elevator car is on.
  3. Advise passengers to stay calm. Do not attempt self rescue as the elevator may move or restart. Elevators are very safe and are designed to protect passengers.

Injury Reporting

  • For all life threatening emergencies, dial 911. The police will summon an ambulance and other emergency services as necessary.
  • STUDENTS: For non-life threatening injuries, visit University Health Services (1202 W. Farm Road) for medical treatment. UHS is a comprehensive outpatient treatment facility with on-site x-ray imaging, lab facilities and pharmacy.
  • EMPLOYEES: For non-life threatening injuries unrelated to work, seek treatment at your medical provider of choice. For non-life threatening work-related injuries, please seek medical attention at University Health Services. Report work-related injuries to your supervisor as soon as possible; your supervisor will file a Worker’s Compensation reporting form found online at: http://hr.okstate.edu/benefits/workcomp.php. Click on "Employee Injury Report."

Medical Facilities

Stillwater Medical Center
1323 W. 6th Street

University Health Services
1202 W. Farm Road

Evacuation of persons with limited mobility | special needs

To ensure personal safety in emergency situations, the following guidelines should be observed by students with disabilities in advance of an emergency. Notify instructors and/or classmates of the type of assistance you need during an emergency situation.

In the event of a fire, immediate and complete evacuations are preferred if it can be accomplished in a safe manner. If immediate and complete evacuation is not possible, ask someone to assist you to a safe area, such as an enclosed stairwell, until emergency personnel arrive and complete evacuation. The assisting individual should stay with you until emergency personnel arrive. In addition, you should ask a second person to immediately notify emergency personnel of your location and the type of assistance required.

In the event of a tornado warning, you should immediately proceed to the lowest floor of the building. Request assistance from instructors or classmates if assistance is needed. Once you have reached the lowest possible floor, remain in the corridors away from windows and exterior doors.

Pre-planning is essential to a safe evacuation. If you are a person who has special needs, know your needs and consider what you would do in an emergency. If you need to be evacuated, help yourself and rescuers by providing them with information about your needs and the best ways to assist you, since people may not be aware of your circumstances or how to help. This can be accomplished by self-identifying to Environmental Health and Safety (744-7241) and/or Student Disability Services (744-7116). Students living in Residence Halls should tell their hall staff, and identify a place to meet in the event of an emergency. A good guide that details questions to ask yourself and items to collect is available at http://www.preparenow.org/eqtips.html.