Different emergencies require different evacuation strategies. This site contains evacuation directions for most emergencies. When evacuation is not indicated for the emergencies described here or by obvious circumstances, you should stay where you are until given direction by emergency personnel. The unpredictable nature of emergency situations requires quick action and clear thinking to avoid injury. The decision to evacuate is based on factors that give you the best chance of remaining safe and avoid putting yourself in a more harmful situation.
* Certain circumstances may prevent safe evacuation. If this happens, move away from the danger and find shelter in an area with a window to allow rescue. Try to notify rescuers of your location.
** These situations require you to stay put initially. Emergency personnel will let you know when it is safe to evacuate.
An emergency that dictates the evacuation of the entire University will be handled in conjunction with the emergency procedures of Cuyahoga County, the City of University Heights, and surrounding communities. In the unlikely event that a campus evacuation is necessary, you will be directed to leave the University in the following manner.
If you drive to campus:
Exit to Carroll Boulevard, Miramar Boulevard, and East Washington Boulevard may be available through the emergency gates.
Evacuation procedures for Cuyahoga County direct traffic away from Cleveland, so all major routes from downtown will be eastbound only. Police may direct traffic in other ways dependent on circumstances.
If you take public transportation or reside on campus:
Certain emergencies may affect a specific building or area of campus. In this case, persons in those buildings/areas will be evacuated to a predetermined site nearby as listed in the building evacuation plan. Depending on circumstances, emergency personnel may need to direct you to a secondary evacuation site. The evacuation shelter sites are listed below.
|Building/Area||Primary Evacuation Shelter||Secondary Evacuation Shelter|
|All Residence Halls, courtyards/green space||RecPlex (DeCarlo Varsity Center and intramural gym)||Administration Building (Kulas Auditorium and hallways)|
|Shula Stadium and Athletic fields East of Belvoir Blvd.||RecPlex (DeCarlo Varsity Center and intramural gym)||Administration Building (Kulas Auditorium and hallways)|
|Rodman Hall||Administration Building (Kulas Auditorium and hallways)||RecPlex (DeCarlo Varsity Center and intramural gym)|
|Administration Building (includes O’Malley Center and Boler School)||Dolan Science Center (Muldoon Atrium and O’Connell Reading Room)||RecPlex (DeCarlo Varsity Center and intramural gym)|
|Grasselli Library/ Breen Learning Center||Dolan Science Center (Muldoon Atrium and O’Connell Reading Room)||Administration Building (Kulas Auditorium and hallways)|
|Dolan Science Center||Administration Building (Kulas Auditorium and hallways)||RecPlex (DeCarlo Varsity Center and intramural gym)|
|Green Road Annex||Heinen’s (await transport to RecPlex)||(As instructed by emergency personnel)|
An incident may occur which dictates that you remain inside a building during an emergency. A decision to shelter-in-place may or may not be obvious based on information known to you at the time. Your decision to shelter-in-place may come from first responders’ instructions, or may initially be made on your own. This decision should be made based on what gives you the best chance of remaining safe and avoiding putting yourself in a more harmful situation.
Factors to consider when deciding whether to evacuate or shelter-in-place include:
When to shelter-in-place
When not to shelter-in-place
What to do if you must shelter-in-place