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Evacuation

Ensuring that staff, students, guests and others present can be rapidly evacuated from a building and guided to a safe area when a dangerous situation arises is an important part of SDU's emergency management planning. The concept includes all building areas/buildings that belong under SDU organisationally.

It is also important for individual staff members and students to be familiar with matters regarding fires in buildings: escape routes, warning signals and evacuation areas, etc.

Evacuation procedures from public areas are laid down in the common alarm instructions that are posted in all teaching and meeting rooms, in the safety information and at all 'Safety points'.

The purpose of evacuation is to remove people from an area where there is a risk of a dangerous incident or where a dangerous incident has occurred and to ensure that evacuees are guided to a safer place.

Evacuation may be carried out on the instructions of university staff, the emergency leadership, such as the police or the fire service, or anybody who has identified a potentially dangerous situation.

Unless any instructions to the contrary have been given, people should the leave the area in question by the nearest safe escape route and go to the nearest safe assembly point. Escape routes and assembly points are shown on the site maps at 'Safety points', in teaching rooms and in the individual emergency management plans.

Evacuation from non-public areas is carried out using the 'jacket model' with people taking the initiative to actively support the evacuation process. Non-public areas are divided into a number of evacuation zones that are equipped with an evacuation stand.
When staff become aware of an incident that requires evacuation, the first, voluntary member of staff must go to the evacuation stand and take on the role of evacuation manager (yellow jacket). Another volunteer must go to the evacuation stand and take on the task of assembly point leader (orange jacket).

The evacuation manager (yellow jacket) has overall responsibility for getting people to vacate the area and for ensuring that the area is searched to make sure everybody has left. The evacuation manager would do well to delegate tasks so as to maintain an overview of the area. The evacuation manager must give the assembly point leader a status report at the assembly point.

The assembly point manager (orange jacket) has overall responsibility for establishing the assembly point for evacuees, for passing on the result of the evacuation to the police/fire service and for reporting back to evacuees.

Ensure there is clear communication in order to make sure everybody has left the building/area.

See the section on Public and non-public areas.

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