If you need to evacuate the building:
It may be safer to "shelter in place" than to leave a building, e.g., smoke or fire is just outside your room, live electrical wires are obstructing the exit.
In advance of an emergency, determine the nearest exits to your location and the best route to follow.
If time permits during evacuation, secure your workplace and take personal items, (e.g., car keys, CharlieCard, jacket).
In most emergencies, complete evacuation of the campus is not necessary. If, however, there is a major hazardous materials release, flood or other MAJOR incident, it may be necessary to relocate personnel to a safer location.
Signs indicating the Area of Gathering are posted in the lobby of each building and residence hall. In the event of a building or area evacuation, go to the posted Area of Gathering or as directed by emergency response officials.
In some instances, it may be safer to “shelter in place” than it is to leave a building, e.g. , smoke or fire is immediately outside your room, live electrical wires obstruct access to the exit, individuals with mobility disabilities are above or below ground floors or if the hazard causes the elevators to become inoperative (fire alarms sounding). In some cases authorities may direct you to shelter in place instead of evacuate. Shelter in place procedures vary depending on the type of hazard.
In case of emergency call 617.627.6911 (x66911 from a campus phone). Fire on the Boston health sciences and SMFA campuses call 911. Visit the University Police website for a complete list of campus-specific phone numbers.