Building Evacuation Plans

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UB ensures that campus buildings are prepared in the event of an emergency.

Building Fire Prevention and Evacuation Plan

Each building must have a Building Fire Prevention and Evacuation Plan. The fire prevention component is based on New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC), Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Once completed, building representatives will assist in implementing or when staff changes the plan.

Plans should be reviewed at least once annually.

The Building Fire Prevention and Evacuation Plan includes:

  • Organizing building representatives into the Fire Prevention and Evacuation Committee
  • Building representatives will:
    • Identify main exit routes
    • Identify fire suppression equipment
    • Identify fire alarm activation devices
    • Identify assembly areas for the occupants
    • Facilitate evacuation from the building
    • Determine accountability after people have evacuated

Evacuation Procedures

  • When the fire alarm system is activated in any UB building, all occupants must evacuate immediately.
  • Building evacuees must assemble in predetermined assembly areas where they will wait for clearance to re-enter the building.
  • Follow the building’s system to determine if all employees and students have been evacuated (i.e. use a checklist to determine if anyone is unaccounted for).
  • For persons requiring assistance evacuating, see supplement on procedures for emergency evacuation of individuals with disabilities. Refer to: Emergency Procedures for Employees with Disabilities in Office Occupancies. Published by: Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Fire Administration (Maryland).
  • Evacuees cannot re-enter a building until the fire department on location and University Police declare that it is safe to do so.

Fire Evacuation Drills

Fire evacuation drills test the ability of building occupants to evacuate a building. Resident Life areas and Assembly areas are required to have 4 annual drills. All other buildings are required to have 3 annual drills.

Scheduled Fire Alarm Testing

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Steven Herberger

Fire & Life Safety Officer; Code Enforcement Officer

Environment, Health & Safety

Phone: 716-829-5821


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