In the event of an emergency follow the steps listed below in sequential order:
During office hours call the FHL Office (360-378-2165)
After hours call the caretakers (360-298-0220)
If emergency sirens or alerts have been activated:
Leave building immediately.
Check on neighbors to make sure they’re also leaving.
Quickly proceed to Fernald parking lot. Check in with the Evacuation Director and await further instructions. If classes are in session, students should gather with faculty and TAs/RAs in the parking lot.
The Evacuation Director (Michelle Herko or Billie Swalla) will be in the Fernald parking lot:
(a) apprising people of the problem and next steps in the response plan;
(b) obtaining information from residents about missing persons and the extent of the problem; and
(c) making preparations for evacuation from campus if necessary.
Drop, take cover, hold on.
When shaking subsides, go to Fernald parking lot
If there’s an earthquake, a tsunami is likely.
Check in with evacuation director at Fernald parking lot
Then go to high ground aka the Commons parking lot
Check in with evacuation director at Fernald parking lot, THEN
IF it’s coming from University Road, evacuate to the dock and boats
IF it’s coming from anywhere else, evacuate to High School parking lot in town and await further instructions there (follow Tucker Ave to Guard St.)
If possible, escape from alternate exits and run away to safety, towards fire trail
If escape is not possible, hide quietly where you are – block doors and windows
If you can do so safely, call 911 and then call the main office (or the caretakers)
In response to FHL’s emergency horn:
Leave the lab or housing unit ASAP.
Check on your neighbors to make sure they are also leaving.
Meet in the Fernald parking lot. Check in with the Evacuation Director and await further instructions.
In the event of a campus-wide emergency (earthquake, tsunami, wildfire, etc.), all FHLers must congregate in the main parking lot adjacent to Fernald Laboratory. Everyone should inform their neighbors of the emergency. The emergency siren on Lab 10 will sound when an emergency is imminent or underway. If you see an unreported emergency, please call 911 first and then notify the FHL Office (360-378-2165 x0), or if after hours, the FHL Caretakers (360-298-0220).
These emergency response procedures will be used 12 months of the year, day or night, whether courses are in session or not.
Upon gathering in the parking lot, the Evacuation Director (Billie Swalla or Michelle Herko) will:
(a) apprise people of the problem and the response plan,
(b) collect information from FHL residents about missing persons and the extent of the problem, and
(c) make preparations for evacuation from campus if appropriate. If classes are in session, students should gather with faculty and TAs/RAs in the parking lot.
Emergency Response Roles:
The maintenance crew will be the Emergency Response Team. They will go to site of the emergency and undertake appropriate direct responses, e.g. fight smaller fires, turn off propane or water valves (post-earthquake to prevent flooding), assist evacuation, or other appropriate responses.
Faculty & students: gather and remain in Fernald parking lot until released or otherwise assigned.
Visiting and resident scientists: gather and remain in Fernald parking lot until release or otherwise assigned.
FHL staff: gather in Fernald parking lot and be ready to assist.
NOTE: for a localized emergency (e.g. fire limited to one structure, chemical spill), this large-scale emergency plan might not be invoked.
The following Building Wardens will assess problems and facilitate evacuation of residents of their areas of responsibility:
Whiteley Center & Housing
Lab 1 to 8
Labs 9-10 and Computer Lab
Dock & Centennial
Laurie Spaulding, Megan Connelly, Rachel Anderson
Labs 11 & 12
Apartments – A & B blocks
Dorm O, Trailer, and Cottages I, J, M, N & Lecture Hall
‘Bunny Lawn’ Cottages (E, F, G, K, L) , Cottages A, B, D and Duplex C
Dorm P & Q and Duplexes R, S, & T, & Laundry building
Student Dorms A,B,C, Commons, and Huts
More detailed Safety Information is available here: