General Emergency Procedures

During any type of emergency, follow these important procedures:

  1. If you are in a building, know the exit nearest to you. In the event that this exit is blocked, be familiar with alternate exits.
  2. Avoid panic. Remain calm. Follow procedures and instructions.
  3. Stop rumors. Rumors lead to confusion and make everyone's task harder.
  4. Avoid using the telephone. It is for emergencies only. Unnecessary use of the phone delays delivery of emergency resources when and where they are most needed.
  5. Leave the building immediately when conditions are safe. If it is nearby, take the Emergency Kit you prepared in advance, and your wallet or purse. Do not take time to collect other personal items.
  6. In general, do not use the elevators. Even if it is safe to use them, elevators will be needed by authorized personnel to evacuate people with disabilities and children. In the event of a fire or structural damage, elevators cannot be used by anyone. You must use the stairs.
  7. After leaving the building, report immediately to the identified Assembly Area or Evacuation Site. Remain in the Assembly Area until advised of further action by Gallaudet University's Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), or the D.C. Fire Department.