What to do during an Evacuation

CAMPUS EVACUATION MAPPDF File - Find out where your evacuation area is!

  • Note the color-coded areas of each building that correspond to each Evacuation Area.  Building Marshals will help guide you to these locations during the week day.  During the evenings and on weekends, however, Building Marshals are typically not on campus, so faculty will most likely be the persons on campus to help direct you.
  • CLICK HERE for an evacuation map for the CSUF-Irvine Campus. PDF File Opens in new window
  • CLICK HERE for an evacuation map for Titan Hall - ASC Building. PDF File
  • Please note for Main Campus... DO NOT evacuate into the Quad area. Look at the Evacuation Map for your evacuation area.
    • Why CAN'T I go to the Quad?  Envision a bucket being filled with sand as the Quad.  If people from McCarthy Hall, Performing Arts, the Library, Humanities, Education Classroom and University Hall ALL decided to to go the Quad -- like the bucket -- it fills up quickly!  And when it gets full, it is nearly impossible to stop and reverse the flow, creating a potentially dangerous situation.  So -- that's why the Quad is NOT an evacuation area. [Thanks, Lynn!]

GENERALLY, Before an Evacuation...

  • Look at the evacuation diagrams in the building and room you are in.
  • Know the location of at least TWO exits.
  • If you believe that you can or will have difficulty evacuation the building or walking down the stairs, please talk with classmates or fellow employees on strategies to exit the building. (*see below)
  • If you have any questions or concerns about evacuating, please contact your supervisor, instructor of the campus Emergency Management Coordinator

At the sound of an alarm...

    • Stop whatever you are doing.
    • Turn off, or close the container of anything potentially hazardous, if you can.
    • Grab your personal possessions quickly.
    • Do not take time to gather more things than you can quickly find.
    • DO NOT WAIT!  Walk to the nearest exit.
    • If your nearest exit is blocked, move immediately to another exit.
    • If you cannot walk down the stairs to exit the building, consider the following*:
      • Enlist a person in your office or your classroom to assist you, if that is possible.
      • If you cannot evacuate the building with an individual's assistance, go to a stairwell (preferably exterior) that has doors that close and can isolate you from the interior of the building.
      • Either tell a Building Marshal (person with an orange vest) that you are there and need assistance, or call 911 to notify the University Police.
      • If you want to evacuate and can do so in an evacuation chair, direct others to help you get in the chair, then safely carried down the stairs and out of the building.


  • Students will look to you for guidance in emergency situations and practice drills, so make sure you know all of the emergency exits in every building you teach, or have an office.
  • Before an Evacuation...
    • On the first day of class and in your course syllabus:
    • Remind students of the evacuation routes out of the room.
    • Suggest a meeting place to ensure all students have safely evacuated from the building.
    • Allow students to approach you privately if they have concerns about evacuation procedures.
  • At the sound of an alarm...
    • Insist that every student immediately stop what she/he is doing and proceed with the evacuation.
    • Do not allow anyone, including yourself, to remain in the room, or building.
    • Offer assistance if someone needs it, or notify a Building Marshal of the location of the student who requires assistance to evacuate the building.
    • Be an example and evacuate fully out of the building, at least 50 feet from the building.  You may need to move further, as the situation dictates.
    • Building Marshals will likely be able to direct you out of the building to a safe area.
    • FOR EVENING AND WEEKEND CLASSES, Building Marshals may not be available, so be ready to take the lead and guide your students out of the building to a safe location.