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Determine in advance your nearest exit and emergency evacuation route. Establish an alternative way out in case the nearest exit is blocked or unsafe.

What to Do

Note that it may or may not be wise to exit during an emergency. If the hazard is outdoors, it may be safer to seek shelter or just move to another part of the building. If there is a fire, leave immediately. Emergency response personnel may advise you which to do — evacuate or seek shelter— but if they don’t, let common sense be your guide.

  • Walk to the nearest exit; don't run. Do not push or crowd.
  • Use the stairs instead of elevators.
  • Calmly make your way to the designated Emergency Assembly Point (EAP) outside of your building, unless otherwise instructed.
  • If time and conditions permit, secure your workplace and take with you important personal items such as your keys, purse, medication, or eye glasses.
  • Follow instructions from emergency personnel.
  • Check doors for heat before opening. Do not open a door if it feels hot.
  • Keep noise to a minimum, so you can hear emergency instructions.
  • Use handrails in stairwells, and stay to the right.
  • Assist people with disabilities.
  • Move quickly away from the building.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
    Watch for falling glass and other debris.
  • If you have relocated away from the building, do not return until notified that it is safe to do so.

Evacuation Chairs

Since elevators are often unsafe to use during emergencies, most multi-story buildings on campus have evacuation chairs that can be used to aid in the evacuation of students whose physical disabilities would prevent them from using stairs. We would encourage students who require mobility accommodations to become familiar with evacuation routes before an emergency occurs.

To access a free, 15-minute training course on how to use evacuation chairs:

  • Go to
  • Log in using your net ID and password
  • Enroll in the Evacuation Chair online course
  • Complete the required materials

BYU Protective Actions

Evacuation is only one of BYU's recommended actions during an emergency. Learn about our other recommended Protective Actions by visiting these pages.