Emergency Evacuation Procedures

These emergency evacuation procedures are intended for anyone with a permanent or temporary disability who is unable to evacuate a building via the stairwell. Please contact Accessibility Resources if you have specific concerns.


Individuals are expected to take responsibility for their personal safety. Please take the following steps to ensure that you are prepared for an emergency situation:

  • Familiarize yourself with the building(s) you frequent. Identify yourself to your instructors / supervisors.
  • In each building, there is a system of Fire Wardens who are responsible for the evacuation of all individuals. Contact the Fire Wardens at the beginning of each term with your class/study schedule in these buildings.
  • Initiate a "buddy" system with a classmate to assist in case of emergency.

In an emergency situation

  1. Proceed to the nearest Fire Exit Stairwell and, provided there is no immediate or apparent danger, wait adjacent to the stairwell until the main flow of people have passed. Fire Exit Stairwells are fire rated and provide a safe refuge area - persons waiting in the stairwell will be reasonably safe until evacuated. It is advisable to have your "buddy" wait with you.
  2. Make your presence known to the fire warden in the area. Fire wardens can be identified by the red caps that they wear during an emergency evacuation.
  3. If there is no fire warden in the area, locate the nearest telephone, call 780-492-5555, and inform them of your exact location.
  4. If there is no telephone, ask someone who is evacuating to inform the responding emergency services (e.g. fire Department, Fire Warden, Campus Protective Services, etc.) of your location.

Under no circumstance should elevators be used to evacuate, unless assisted by the Edmonton Fire Department.

By remembering these simple procedures, you will be able to better react during an emergency.

If you have any questions, please contact Accessibility Resources or the Office of Emergency Management, University of Alberta by email at oem.manager@ualberta.ca or by phone at 780-498-2663.