Evacuation Procedure

1. Know your escape route in advance. Also be prepared to use an alternate exit in case your primary route is obstructed. Plan how you would escape in case of a fire. Know your escape routes well enough to be able to make your way in the dark or in dense smoke.

2. Below are the fire exits/stairs for the Graduate Center:

 Stairs
 Location in
 Building
 Serves
 Floors
 Re-Entry  Exits to Street
 "S"  Elevator
 Lobbies
 C-9  All Floors
 Except 1st
 5th Avenue
 "T"  Elevator
 Lobbies
 C-9  All Floors
 Except 1st
 5th Avenue
 "B"  Northeast
 Corner
 Y-8  2nd and 8th  Madison Avenue
 "C"  Southeast
 Corner
 C-8  All Floors
 Except 1st
 34th Street
 "E"  North Side  C-1  1st Floor  35th Street
 "X"  South Side  Z-C  All Floors  No exit to street.
 Continue to "C"
 Stair
 "R"  Mid-Building  Z-X  All Floors No exit to street.
 Continue to "X"
 Stair


3. Be aware that whenever the fire alarm sounds it may signal a very real emergency situation.

4. Remain calm and proceed to evacuate the area in an orderly manner. Do not rush, push or panic. Rely on planning and knowledge.

5. Assist disabled persons to evacuate the area. Be particularly aware of persons with sight or hearing disabilities.

6. If there is smoke, stay low, it will be easier to breathe.

7. Before opening any door, touch the door with the back of your hand. Do not open a door that is warm or hot.

8. Close doors behind you to prevent fire spread, but make sure that you can reopen them if you need to retreat.

9. Listen for instructions from:

  • Professors
  • Fire Wardens
  • Security & Public Safety Officers
  • Fire Safety Director (via public address announcements)

10. NEVER USE AN ELEVATOR TO EVACUATE UNLESS DIRECTED TO DO SO BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.