Evacuation Guidelines

The following are general campus evacuation guidelines are provided for students, staff, and RU visitors.  In the event of a campus emergency and evacuation follow emergency personnel directions. The RU Emergency Operations Plan contains specific contacts, procedures and information that can be used by RU, city, state, and regional first responders.

Campus Information

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General RU Building Evacuation Procedures

1. Exit the building as calmly and quickly as possible using the nearest safe exit. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.

2. Alert ALL persons in your area. Turn off all ignition sources.

3. Close windows and doors, leave the door unlocked, wear a coat and shoes, and take a towel to place over your face in case of smoke.

4. Proceed to the assigned meeting area outside your building and await further instructions. Stay well away from the building and windows. 

5. If the campus is evacuated, as directed, proceed to the assigned campus assembly area for transportation to the evacuation center. Do not return to an evacuated building until permission is granted from the campus police.

6. If a single building is evacuated, students will be moved to available housing on campus or to a lounge in a safe building.

7. Radford University RAs/RDs will assist in the evacuation of the resident halls, ensure that all residents have evacuated, close all doors, and keep all persons at a safe distance from the building.

8. If on site, housekeeping and maintenance staff will assist in the evacuation of non-residential buildings by directing occupants to the nearest safe exit and ensure that all occupants have evacuated.

9. In most instances, the Radford University Police Department, Radford City Fire or Police Departments will assume control of the building for the majority of all.

10. are posted on all floors of Residential Buildings. The plans show the locations of fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull stations, and fire exit doors. The plans are conspicuously located and updated by the Safety Office.

11. Fire exit plans for non-residential buildings are posted in all classrooms and hallways. The plans show the locations of fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull stations, and fire exit doors. The plans are conspicuously located and updated by the Safety Office.

12. If you are told to shelter-in-place, quickly lock exterior doors and close windows, air vents, and fireplace dampers.

Assembly Areas
Depending on the hazard, wind conditions and the location of the incident, evacuees will be directed to one or more assembly areas listed below prior to transport to the evacuation center:

·        South end of campus at Moffett Quad.

·        Norwood Street near the Pizza Hut.

·        Facilities Management Building west parking lot.

·        Facilities Management Building east parking lot.

·        Area in front of Muse Hall between Tyler Hall and McConnell Library.

2. The assembly area/s can be changed or identified depending on the emergency. The RUPD and the RU Emergency Coordinator through the Emergency Operations Center work with local fire and police to clarify locations.


1. The Superintendent of Radford City Schools will provide buses with drivers for transportation to the Evacuation Assembly Center. The University Police Dispatcher will call the City Fire Chief who will call the Superintendent of Schools.

2. RU Transit Services will provide shuttle buses if needed. The University Police Department can call the shuttle buses and direct them to an assembly area.

3. Buses may be staged at Radford High School prior to coming on campus.

Evacuation Assembly Areas (EAA)

1. When evacuation is ordered, all evacuees will be directed to report to an Evacuation Assembly Center where they will be registered and provided with food and shelter until other arrangements can be made. RU student services will provide personnel to assist at the evacuation and medical facility locations.

2. If the evacuated area is restricted for a lengthy period, assistance will be requested form the American Red Cross in relocating displaced residents.

3. Staffing for the facility will consist of County/City/State employees and volunteers.

4. The Department of Social Services will assume responsibilities for the operation of the EAA including bedding, feeding, registration, and medical support. The operation of the EAA will be performed under American Red Cross Guidelines.

5. Radford High School is designated as the primary Evacuation Center. Other schools and churches that serve as backup to handle the overflow of evacuees are listed in. Evacuation centers will be determined by the City of Radford Fire Chief.

6. Radford University Police and the City of Radford Police Department will provide traffic control and security at the EAA.

7. Evacuees may leave the EAA once they have signed out, but they may not return to the evacuated area until the area is determined to be safe.

8. Members of RUEMS will assist with medical care at the EAA.

9. Decontamination may be necessary prior to sheltering. The RU Safety Office, City of Virginia Tech Safety Office, local Haz Mat teams and emergency response contractors will perform decontamination as necessary.  

Recovery and Reentry

1. The evacuated area will not be re-occupied until assessment of the danger indicates that it is safe to reenter the building/s. The assessment will be made by the Fire Chief, Emergency Coordinator, Facilities Management, Safety Office, and other qualified individuals.

2. Facilities Management will be responsible for determining the extent of damage and ensure that buildings are structurally safe before allowing reentry.

3. The decision to re-enter the evacuated area will be made by the Emergency Coordinator in cooperation with the members of the Emergency Operations Center.