Emergency Evacuation Procedures and Fire Drills

In order to provide a safe environment for all University students, faculty and staff, a specific emergency fire evacuation plan has been developed for each building on campus.

Fire evacuation plans can be found by selecting the appropriate building from the Campus Building List and then selecting “Fire Evacuation Plan” under the “Helpful Links” section.

The fire evacuation plan provides building specific details and directions related to evacuation procedures, evacuation instructions for persons requiring assistance, and other unique operations in the building.  The evacuation plans also outline the responsibilities of emergency wardens, building coordinators, and other university responders.  Regardless of which building you are in, the following general evacuation guidance is always applicable:

  • If you see smoke or fire, activate the fire alarm by pulling a manual pull station.  Pull stations are typically located near all exterior and stairwell doors.
  • Evacuate the building by using the nearest marked exit.  In most cases, this will be via an exit stairwell.  Exit the building directly from the stairwell and do not re-enter the building.  Do not use the elevators.
  • Once outside, move across the street or down the sidewalk, away from the building entrance.
  • If known, call 911 and report the location of the fire.
  • Do not re-enter the building until the all-clear is given by the fire officer in charge or University Police.
  • Individuals requiring evacuation assistance should go to the nearest safe Area of Rescue Assistance and await further instructions.

Become familiar with your buildings evacuation plan and practice it during drills.

Fire Drills


Fire drills are held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore twice each year. Fire drills typically occur in early spring and early fall and are coordinated with each school/organization independently. Fire drills are unannounced to building occupants and should always be taken as seriously as a true emergency evacuation.