What to do during an Evacuation:

Here is the general CAMPUS EVACUATION MAP.PDF File

  • Go to your nearest evacuation area (in yellow).  Move at least 50 feet from any structure.   The Quad is NOT an 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
    • Why CAN'T I go to the Quad? Several buildings can  fill it up quickly!  When full, it is nearly impossible to stop and reverse the flow, creating a potentially dangerous situation .  [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, or 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 WAIT!  Walk to the nearest exit.
    • If your nearest exit is blocked, move immediately to another exit.
    • *If you cannot walk down or up 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.