Evacuation or Shelter in Place

Evacuation

For detailed information on evacuation routes and meeting points as well as general safety procedures, see Berklee's Evacuation Plan

In advance of an emergency, determine the nearest exit(s) to your location and the best route to follow. If time permits during an evacuation, secure your workplace and take personal items you may need with you.

In most emergencies, complete evacuation of the campus is not necessary. If, however, there is a major hazardous materials release, flood, or other major incident, it may be necessary to relocate personnel to a safer location.

Shelter in Place

In some instances, it may be safer to “shelter in place” than it is to leave a building, such as if there is smoke or a fire immediately outside your room, if live electrical wires obstruct access to the exit, if individuals with mobility disabilities are above or below ground floors, or if a hazard causes the elevators to become inoperative. In some cases, authorities may direct you to shelter in place instead of evacuate. Shelter-in-place procedures vary depending on the type of hazard.