Evacuation Plan This Evacuation / Emergency Action Plan is in place to ensure employee safety from fire, bomb threat, chemical release, earthquake, or any other emergency which could affect our facilities.
At the time of an emergency, employees should know what type of actions are necessary and what their role is in carrying out the plan. In some cases where the emergency is very grave, total and immediate evacuation of all employees is necessary. In other emergencies, the majority of the personnel may need to be evacuated promptly while designated personnel remain at their duty stations temporarily in order to shut down critical processes.
INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM: During an evacuation for any reason, the Incident Command System (ICS) may be implemented. The degree to which the ICS is developed will depend upon the circumstances of the evacuation, but will typically be very simple in nature. For an evacuation with no apparent imminent danger, the Incident Commander (typically the senior member of management on-scene) may be the only formal ICS position that needs to be established.
The department supervisors / foremen shall report all pertinent information to the Incident Commander (IC), such as: the results of the building search, any personnel unaccounted for, anything unusual observed in the building, etc.
The IC shall first ensure that the appropriate resources have been called for, such as Police, Fire, EMS, etc., as required by the incident. The next action shall be to ensure that ALL personnel are accounted for and safely away from the building in the designated place of refuge. NOTE: Security may be a concern during the evacuation. It may be necessary to assign one or more employees to barricade the entrances to the parking lot or facility to keep others away. If necessary, employees may be posted in a position which allows them to safely monitor the entrances to the building, and keep customers, visitors, and other employees from getting too close to the building. DO NOT leave an entrance open and unmonitored so that unsuspecting personnel could enter the building or facility.
REPORTING EMERGENCIES If ANY employee witnesses a situation which poses immediate and imminent danger, they shall immediately initiate an evacuation using whatever is the quickest and most effective means available to them. Activating the fire alarm, announcing over the intercom, verbally alerting nearby employees, etc.
NOTE: Safety Manager shall be immediately alerted if any facility is evacuated for any reason.
If the situation does NOT pose immediate and imminent danger, it shall be promptly reported to senior management, and they shall determine if an evacuation is appropriate.
WHEN TO EVACUATE:
If the alarm system activates.
If an evacuation is called for over the intercom system.
If your supervisor directs you to.
If a member of management instructs you to (these positions shall be referred to as “other authorized persons”.
WHERE TO EVACUATE
Unless otherwise instructed, proceed to the nearest exit calmly but quickly. Move away from the building. Do not block the exits or remain near the building.
ALL personnel shall promptly and safely make their way to the Operations Center upper parking lot area adjacent to the construction/inventory yard as the primary place of refuge. Remain at this location until released by the IC or other authorized person. Should the primary place of refuge not be safely accessible for any reason, the secondary location is the area in front of the Operations Center.
ALL personnel shall promptly and safely make their way to the Operations Center upper parking lot area adjacent to the construction/inventory yard as a primary place of refuge. Remain at this location until released by the IC or other authorized person. Should the primary place of refuge not be safely accessible for any reason, the secondary location is the area directly in front of the Construction Building.
Sheltering In-Place will involve: ensuring ALL windows and doors are closed, shutting down Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning systems, and moving to the safest appropriate area of the building to wait until the hazard has been eliminated.
If the incident does not require immediate and total evacuation, a Programmer / Analysts may need to temporarily remain at their posts in order to shut down computer equipment. These employees shall notify their immediate supervisor they are momentarily remaining, and give the supervisor an estimated time to complete their task and move to the place of refuge. As soon as these tasks are completed, these personnel shall immediately proceed to the appropriate place of refuge and check in with their supervisor. If there is ANY potentially imminent danger, these personnel shall not delay their evacuation, but shall exit the building along with all other employees. Likewise, if their supervisor or other authorized person instructs them to evacuate immediately, they shall do so at once.