All students, employees and visitors to Brown are encouraged to be familiar with the evacuation process for any venue or building they enter. Please make sure you obtain the information you will need to safely evacuate, especially if you have disability related concerns that may impact this process. If a fire alarm is sounding in a building, the elevators will not work.
Please contact the Fire Safety Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist you in making an evacuation plan for your location.
If you are a student registered for DEEP, and the fire alarm activates within the building you live in, Public Safety will dispatch an officer to locate you in your residence hall room. It is recommended that you stay in your room with the door closed. If you are in immediate danger, proceed to the nearest stairwell. If you are in another location other than what is registered in DEEP, and the fire alarm is activated in your present location, you need to call Public Safety and advise them where you are. The fire department will provide evacuation assistance.
For Staff and Faculty
If you are a staff member or employee and the fire alarm activates in the building you work in, Public safety will respond to the location that is registered in DEEP. If you are in another location other than what is registered in DEEP, you need to call Public Safety and advise them of your location. Public Safety will try to locate you and advise first responders that you need assistance evacuating. The fire department will provide evacuation assistance.
Here are some suggestions if you are in a location where you cannot safely evacuate without assistance from emergency personnel:
- Make sure you know a safe location to wait for assistance, also known as an “Area of Rescue” . This could be a stairwell with a fire door (exterior stairwells are best) or an office with a fire door. An example would be an enclosed stairwell landing, or an office or residence hall room with sprinklers.
- If you are with someone who can evacuate, ask them to communicate with emergency personnel about your location and that you are unable to evacuate without assistance. It is better for them to evacuate so they can assist in getting rescue personnel to you faster; having a second person to rescue could also endanger both of you.
- Call 401-863-4111 to alert Brown's Department of Public safety about your location and request assistance evacuating. If the number is busy, call 911.
- If you are in a space with a window and can put something bright in the window, this may assist emergency personnel in locating you effectively; do NOT break the window.
- If you are in an office with a door that closes, you may want to press something wet along the door jamb (if possible) to prevent smoke from entering the space.
Disability Emergency Evacuation Program (DEEP)
If you spend ongoing time in a building where you will need assistance evacuating, we encourage you to register for the Disability Emergency Evacuation Plan (DEEP). This program enables you to provide information about where you will be as well as your cell phone number and will prompt emergency personnel to check in with you in the event of an emergency. This plan is designed for use in places such as your residence hall or office. It is not possible for this plan to cover all buildings you may visit so make sure you follow the general instructions for all campus locations you have not listed.
Student DEEP page:
Employee DEEP page:
Brown Fire Safety Office: