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Evacuations during Emergencies

Building Evacuation

Except in the case of an Active Shooter incident, buildings shall be evacuated by activating the fire alarm or, in the event that the alarm is not functioning, by word-of-mouth among the occupants or by use of a portable loudspeaker.

All building occupants are required to evacuate when the fire alarm sounds or upon the order of an authorized Cabrini official such as a Public Safety Officer.

Members of the Department of Public Safety will key into rooms to ensure that everyone has left the building. 

  • If time permits before leaving, stabilize lab procedures, turn off stoves and ovens, and unplug or disable any device that could make a dangerous situation even worse.
  • Move to the closest exit and proceed down a stairwell marked “EXIT” in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Do NOT use elevators!

After evacuating the building, report to your designated assembly point at least 300 feet away from the affected building. Stay there until an accurate headcount has been taken.

Your department head, manager, supervisor, or person in charge of each office/area will take attendance and assist in the accounting of all building occupants.

  • Notify emergency responders of anyone trapped, especially anyone with a physical disability who cannot evacuate.
  • Do not go back in the building for any reason until an authorized University official or other emergency responder (police, fire, EMS) deems it safe to re-enter.
  • If safe re-entry is unlikely within a reasonable time, nonessential faculty and staff and non-resident students shall be directed to leave the campus if it is safe to do so.
  • Temporary housing of resident students shall be managed by Residence Life staff.

Large-Scale Evacuation
If evacuation of part or all of the campus is necessary, monitor the Cabrini Emergency Notification System and the University website for additional information.

  • Those in need of transportation will be directed to areas to await transport to an off-campus site.

Resources for People with Disabilities

Cabrini University continues to follow provisions set forth by the American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide accessibility to individuals who have a physical disability. More students identifying as having a physical disability are attending Cabrini each year.  Students, faculty, and staff members who identify as having a physical disability should be familiar with established safety procedures in the event of an emergency. 

At the start of each semester, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides Public Safety with a list of all students with disabilities and if/how that disability may hinder them if an emergency evacuation is necessary.  This list is updated and on-hand at Public Safety to be used as a cross-reference when an emergency arises.  Public Safety will be able to locate an individual in the quickest way possible. At the time of an emergency, this information would also be shared with outside first responders and emergency personnel who arrive on site.

Students with any type of disability are encouraged to register with the DRC.  Along with registering his/her disability, any student identifying as having a physical disability should request a meeting with the Directors of the DRC and Public Safety.  This meeting will provide the student with information about proper escape routes during an emergency and/or any other necessary accommodations.  

All students should review the Cabrini University Emergency Operations Plan.   Students are also strongly to register for the Cabrini University text alert system (click hyperlink to register).  This system will relay information to all registrants via text and e-mail in the event of an emergency on campus.  Parents are encouraged to register as well.


  • If you are a student with a disability who may need additional time during a crisis/emergency, it is our strong recommendation to make a plan that best suits you. Members of the DRC and Public Safety Department can assist you in these plans.
  • Elevators should not be used in the event of a fire, earthquake, or other emergencies in which the structural integrity of the building should be compromised.
  • Watch the following videos from the Minger Foundation to learn how to respond to a variety of emergency situations: mingerfoundation.org/projects/fire-safety-info/videos/  
  • Additional videos can be found on FEMA’s website (PDF).

Procedures for Evacuating a Person with a Disability
Attempt a rescue evacuation only when a person with a physical disability is in immediate danger and cannot wait for assistance from Public Safety officers or fire personnel.

If the person with a disability prefers not to be evacuated, the person should be moved to the nearest stairwell or a room with the door shut which is well clear of any hazardous area.

At least one person should wait with the person with a disability.

  • Ask others leaving the building to notify emergency responders that there is a person with a disability who needs assistance in evacuating. Give the specific location of the person.
  • If waiting for rescue is not an option, two physically capable occupants of the building should be invited to volunteer to assist the person with a disability in evacuating.
  • Ask how the person with a disability can best be assisted or moved, and whether they require any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.
  • Keep in mind that you may need to clear debris in order to safely evacuate.
  • Do not use elevators unless told to do so by emergency responders.

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