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Emergency Evacuation Procedure

(version 2019-20)

Mid recognizes that physical emergencies may occur which would warrant evacuation of College buildings and has developed procedures to help facilitate such an event. For the Emergency Evacuation plan to be successful, it must have the cooperation of every member of the campus community, be tested regularly and as such, each member should become familiar with evacuation procedures and participate in evacuation drills when administered.

Preparatory Protocols:

  • Exit and Safety Identification:The College has identified and labeled all Fire Exits throughout the


  • Emergency Plan Maps: Classrooms, labs, and public areas have Emergency Plan Maps posted.

Emergency Plan Maps are available on the College website and housed under Campus Safety.

Decision Making for Evacuation:

  • Upon notice that an incident has occurred that may warrant the evacuation of buildings on campus, the Core Crisis Team will assess the incident and determine if evacuation of all or part of the campus is warranted, as well as what method of notification will be used to notify the campus community and will initiate notification(s).
  • Campus Security, Security Operations and Systems, or a member of the Core Crisis Team will make contact with appropriate local government agency support, as necessary.
  • Depending on the severity of the situation, alarms may sound and/or verbal evacuation requests may be given through the Phone and PA system.
  • Emergency Notification messages and subsequent updates will be composed and issued to the campus community at by the Core Crisis Team through a variety of components including but not limited to:
    • MidAlert! Mid’s Emergency Alert System, which includes text messaging and automated voice calls.(Students, faculty, staff and visitors must enroll)
    • E-mail to all active MidMail accounts
    • College website
    • Postings on college buildings
    • Public address system (PA/phones)
    • Through local media
  • Campus Security, Security Operations and Systems and members of the Core Crisis Team will assist in the evacuation process.
  • Campus Security and/or Security Operations and Systems will keep the Campus community apprised of the situation and next steps as they are relayed from the Core Crisis Team.

Evacuation Procedure:

  • Anytime an alarm or verbal Evacuation Order is issued, all students, faculty, staff and visitors MUST evacuate immediately.
  • Close all windows and doors as you evacuate your area and walk to the nearest evacuation exit
  • Assist disabled persons or visitors leaving the building.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Report to the designated meeting areas. These areas are specifically selected for distance and access to necessary services. They are in accordance with a distance of at least 100 feet from the building. Use caution at all times and keep sidewalks and streets clear for emergency personnel.
  • Follow the directions of Campus Security, Security Operations and Systems, Core Crisis Team, and/or the responding governmental agency.
  • Do not return to the building until directed to do so by Campus Security, Security Operations and Systems, Core Crisis Team, and/or responding governmental agency. Ceasing the alarm does NOT mean it is safe to re-enter the building. Clearance will be given verbally and visually. Visual communication will be enhanced by use of Warning Flags. Red flags will indicate a warning to evacuate the building and proceed to the designated areas; green flags will visually issue a clearance to the Campus Community that they are permitted to leave the evacuation area.
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