People with Mobility Impairments - Evacuation Guidelines

The following general guidelines are designed to assist members of the CSU, Chico campus community who may need assistance during a building evacuation, develop a plan that provides a safe alternative when evacuating the building is not possible without the use of an elevator.

The majority of multi-story buildings on the CSU, Chico Campus contain one or more enclosed fire rated stairwells that are considered to be a safe place to take shelter and await assistance or rescue during fire and other emergencies. An enclosed stairwell consists of closed or self-closing fire rated doors at each level. These doors are constructed to protect occupants from smoke and fire conditions for up to 2 hours. The stairwells are constructed of non-combustible materials including concrete and steel, providing structural stability for the specified duration of time, and a safe and secure exit path for the occupants as they exit.

Buildings without enclosed stairwells have pre-identified rooms or areas, on floors above ground level, where occupants can take shelter and await assistance or rescue. The locations of these rooms are known to Floor Evacuation Coordinators (FEC’s), University Police, and the Chico Fire Department. A list of these buildings and rooms can be found on the last page of this document.

Key Preparedness Steps

  • It is very important that students, faculty, and staff with mobility impairments or other special needs self-identify and notify their College or Department office. The individual will then be contacted by either the Floor Evacuation Coordinator or the University Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the purpose of developing an emergency response plan that meets their specific needs.
  • Each building on the CSU Campus has at least one Floor Evacuation Coordinator (FEC) per floor. During an evacuation or emergency FEC’s serve to notify and encourage occupants to promptly evacuate. The FEC’s are trained to assist others, including those who they are aware of that need special assistance.
  • An alternative for the individual is to form a buddy system with several co-workers or other students who are willing and able to assist the individual during an emergency. The plan should also be shared with the building’s Floor Evacuation Coordinators in the event one buddy is not available, so others are aware of the plan and are ready to assist as needed. It is realistic to assume that one specific person may not always be available at any given time due to illness, vacation, an off-site meeting, etc.
  • The volunteer buddy should immediately notify a Floor Evacuation Coordinator if possible; who can be identified by their orange safety vests or notifies first responders such as University Police or Fire Personnel of the location of the person who needs assistance evacuating. Information such as floor number, room number, and the nature of the persons needs should be provided.
  • Departments with internal emergency plans should document the names and location(s) of individuals needing special assistance and establish procedures to ensure at least two persons are willing and available to assist the individual as needed. It is realistic to assume that one specific person may not always be available at any given time due to illness, vacation, an off-site meeting, etc. The plan should be shared with the building FEC’s so there is always someone aware and available to assist if needed.

General Evacuation Guidelines

  • If the building alarm sounds or an evacuation is ordered and you are unable to evacuate without assistance and are unaware of the area to await assistance, immediately contact University Police by calling 911 from any campus phone. This includes phones in classrooms, offices, and red phones located in the corridors of some buildings.

NOTE: If using a cell phone, call (530)898-5555 and state it is an emergency. Cell phones used on campus may not always reach UPD directly; calling 911 from a cell phone may result in a delayed response.

  • Do not attempt to use the elevator, unless specifically authorized to do so by fire or police personnel.
  • Proceed to the nearest pre-designated stairwell (containing a landing area large enough to accommodate you safely) or other areas as listed below. Notify others including FEC’s, faculty, or staff so your location and needs can be relayed quickly to first responders.


  • Follow your pre-arranged plan; proceed to the designate safe area to take shelter and await assistance or rescue. If a buddy or other person has escorted you to the safe location, do not ask that they stay with you. This person needs to exit the building and notify FEC’s or first responders so they can immediately respond to your location if needed. Dependent on the nature and location of the emergency you may not be in need of rescue.
  • If not in a stairwell, do not leave the designated safe location unless forced to by a hazardous situation such as fire in your immediate area. Keep the door tightly closed and if needed, place an article of clothing across the bottom of the door to keep smoke out. Move towards the window, but do not break the window unless the area becomes filled with smoke. Breaking the window prematurely may draw more smoke into the room.
  • If you have taken shelter in a stairwell, stay away from the door swing area and the top of the stairs to avoid falling or being accidently pushed onto the stairs. If possible, use the stairwells that are pre-designated as sheltering areas as they contain more room for you to wait for assistance. (Please refer to list below).
  • Be aware that the fire alarm may be even louder in the stairwell due to the echo. Cover your ears if needed, but remain alert to the sound of rescuers calling out to you.
  • The first and most important consideration is to form a plan, then share and practice your plan!


In the event of an emergency that requires a building evacuation, and you are unable to use the elevators; please notify as many persons in your immediate area that you are going to the area listed below to take shelter. If you need assistance or rescue, share the location of where you are going with as many others as you can.

In order to ensure your safety during an emergency, it is highly recommended that you contact the Floor Evacuation Coordinators in the building(s) you work in or contact the Campus Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at 898-5126 to develop a plan that meets your needs.

The locations listed below are known by the Floor Evacuation Coordinators, University Police, and Chico Fire Personnel. This does not imply that you should not notify others of where you are taking shelter.


Acker Gymnasium

2nd Floor: Near classroom 201, stay 10-20 ft. back from top of stairs

Ayres Hall

2nd Floor: Classroom 216

Bell Memorial Union*

2nd Floor: Corridor behind study lounge

3rd Floor: Gallery near stair access

Butte Hall

2nd & 3rd Floors: West or North stairwell

4th – 7th Floors: North stairwell/ South only if needed (limited space)

Glenn Hall

2nd Floor: East or West stairwell

3rd Floor: East or West stairwell

Holt Hall

2nd Floor: Inside East Main stairwell or    inside West Main stairwell

3rd Floor: Inside West Main stairwell

Kendall Hall

2nd Floor Restrooms at end of hallways

Langdon Engineering Ctr.

2nd Floor: Exterior balcony near stairs

3rd Floor: Exterior balcony near stairs

Meriam Library

2nd Floor: Any stairwell

3rd Floor: Any stairwell

4th Floor: North or South stairwells

Modoc Hall

2nd Floor: Classroom 224

O’Connell Technology Ctr.

2nd Floor: North stairwell or Computer Science Dept. Office, room 215.

3rd Floor: Either stairwell (in corner next to water pipe)

4th Floor: North stairwell behind roof access gate or MME Office room 419.

Performing Arts Center

2nd Floor: Classroom 210

Physical Science

2nd Floor: East stairwell or Department Office room 216.

3rd Floor: East stairwell or at elevator near room 305.

Plumas Hall

Plumas Hall- continued

2nd floor either stairwell

3rd floor East stairwell only

Student Health Center

2nd Floor: North Stairwell by room 237

Student Services Center*

2nd– 4th floors: Enclosed stairwells at ends of corridors

Tehama Hall

2nd Floor: West stairwell

3rd Floor: East or West stairwell

4th Floor: West stairwell only (by Rm 401)

Trinity Hall

Department Office room 223 or 239

Wildcat Recreation Ctr.*

2nd Floor: Emergency Exit stairwell near fitness area/stationary bikes or stairwell at back side of running track

Yolo Hall*

Department Office: room 243 or 244


  • The Classrooms listed are typically open during normal University business hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Some classrooms may be open for extended hours – this should be verified semester to semester.
  • The Department Offices listed are typically open during normal University business hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Other spaces indicated are accessible at any time the building is open.