Evacuation Procedures

Prior to any emergency, you should learn where all your building exits are located, which evacuation route to take, and your Gathering Point.

The first person to discover a fire or evacuation situation is responsible for immediately activating the nearest fire pull station and calling the Department of Public Safety at 313-993-1123 from a safe location. Download evacuation locations information (PDF)

Be calm and carefully give all information requested.

  • Evacuate building IMMEDIATELY upon order or when audio or visual alarms are activated.
  • Treat all alarms as notification of an actual emergency.
  • Do not spend time getting personal items.
  • If smoke is present, stay close to the floor.
  • If safe, turn off laboratory gases and electrical equipment.
  • If you're able, assist anyone with mobility difficulty to a stairwell landing or exit.
  • All faculty and staff should help direct students and visitors to obey evacuation orders.
  • All University employees are responsible to know the location of exits and be able to identify their building's evacuation route(s) in an emergency.
  • Designated Building Coordinators shall ensure, to the extent practical, that the site-specific Evacuation Plan of their building is followed and that the evacuation of the facility proceeds until emergency personnel arrive.
  • Exit the building using the nearest marked exit and posted evacuation route.
  • Proceed to the designated Gathering Point shown on the emergency information posting.
  • Notify emergency personnel of the exact location of anyone having difficulty evacuating the building.
  • Do not return to the building unless directed by the Department of Public Safety or University official. 
  • Emergency response personnel will direct you if it will be necessary to proceed to another location.

About emergency evacuation drills

The Department of Public Safety and Detroit Mercy's Emergency Response Planning Committee will conduct emergency evacuation exercises, in order to train employees on emergency procedures, and to examine existing procedures and solicit feedback on drill success and modifications that could reduce vulnerabilities.

Safety drill tips

  • Always treat an emergency signal as an actual emergency situation.
  • Always leave the building through the closest exist when you evacuate.
  • Know multiple exit routes from all buildings you frequent.
  • Know and follow emergency ABC’s as written on the Public Safety Emergency Readiness page.
  • Prepare for an emergency situation by staying current on readiness information.
  • Know what's expected of you during an emergency and how you can get help.