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Evacuation Procedures

Students with disabilities need to become familiar with evacuation procedures and rescue assistance areas in each building.  Students should be aware of at least two exits from each floor where they have a class (the elevator cannot be one of them).

In an on campus emergency, notify authorities immediately using the following numbers:

Campus police: #657-2147
City services: #911

Be aware of the location of pull alarms in each building.

In emergency situations, persons unable to use the stairways to exit a building will wait at the nearest designated rescue assistance locations*, if safe to do so, until someone comes to help them evacuate the building. Designated rescue assistance locations are indicated by signs in buildings with stairwells. Montana State University Billings Campus Police or the Billings Fire Department will check all designated rescue assistance locations* for people who need assistance in the building when an evacuation is in progress. In cases of fire drills, persons needing assistance will be advised by those conducting the drill that if there had been a fire or other emergency, they would have received the help necessary to leave the building. Under no circumstances should anyone use the elevators, nor should any person who is disabled be carried down the stairways unless by trained personnel during an actual emergency evacuation.
Be aware of RESCUE ASSISTANCE AREAS* in each multistory building.

If you know that someone needs evacuation assistance, notify rescue personnel immediately.

KEEP DOORS TO STAIRWELLS CLOSED.

Some MSU Billings' fire alarms are also equipped with flashing lights since deaf students may not hear the audio emergency alarms. It may be necessary to communicate with the hard-of-hearing student by writing a note to explain the emergency.

Students who are visually impaired may need to take someone's elbow and be escorted to the nearest emergency exit.

WHEEL CHAIR EVACUATION AREAS: It is the responsibility of people in wheelchairs to check out the locations of exits and rescue assistance areas*.  Please contact University Police, (406) 657-2147 or Disability Support Services, (406) 657-2283 voice/VP if you have any questions.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER

  • Ground level exit

APSARUKE WEST

  • Ground level exit, 1st floor west entrance
  • Rescue assistance area, 1st floor north entrance area
  • Rescue assistance area, 2nd and 3rd floors east and west corridor ends

ART ANNEX

  • Ground level exit

CISEL

  • Basement ramp up to south auditorium exit
  • Ground level exit, north side of 1st floor
  • Rescue assistance area, 2nd floor north exit
  • Rescue assistance area, 3rd floor north exit

McDONALD HALL (COB)

  • Stairwell landing near the elevators

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES

  • East and west entrances on first floor
  • Rescue assistance area, 2nd-4th floors center stairwells

CITY COLLEGE

      Tech Building

  • Rescue assistance area, second floor stairwell between elevator and room B012

      Health Sciences Building

  • Rescue Assistance areas, North and South side stairwells

LIBERAL ARTS

  • First floor, ground level exit out of south library doors
  • Rescue Assistance areas, 2nd-8th floors south stairwell

LIBRARY

  • Rescue assistance area, 1st floor east stairwell landing
  • Rescue assistance area, 2nd floor east stairwell
  • Two ground level exits on south side of first floor
  • Two ground level exits on north side of second floor

MCMULLEN

  • Rescue assistance area in center stairwell for basement and 2nd and 3rd floors
  • First floor, exit north doors to ramp

PETRO HALL

  • Rescue assistance, central stairway landings

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • First floor ground level exit
  • Basement tunnel exit

RIMROCK HALL

  • Rescue assistance, central stairway landings

SCIENCE

  • First floor north and west exits
  • Second floor west stairwell landing

LOCATION OF RESCUE ASSISTANCE AREAS: Students have the responsibility to verify the location of rescue assistance areas upon arrival at MSU Billings. (See chart above.)
Students needing evacuation assistance should:

Be familiar with exits and rescue assistance areas on every floor.
Notify your instructors and classmates if you know that you will need assistance during an emergency evacuation.  

Ask someone to notify rescue personnel of your location if you are in a rescue assistance area.

In emergency situations, persons unable to use the stairways to exit a building will wait at the nearest designated rescue assistance locations, if safe to do so, until someone comes to help them evacuate the building. Signs in buildings with stairwells indicate designated rescue assistance locations*. University Campus Police or the Billings Fire Department will check designated rescue assistance areas for people who need assistance in the building where an evacuation is in progress. In cases of fire drills, the persons needing assistance will be advised by those conducting the drill that if there had been a fire or other emergency, they would have received the necessary help to leave the building. Under no circumstances should anyone use the elevators, nor should any person who is disabled be carried down the stairways unless by trained personnel during an actual emergency evacuation.

In an emergency, students should ask to have emergency personnel notified immediately of their location. KEEP DOORS TO STAIRWELLS CLOSED.

Emergency Numbers

University police: 657-2147
City services (including police, fire, ambulance): 9-911
Health Center: 657-2153

Hospital Emergency Health Care (from on campus)

Deaconess: 9-657-4150
Saint Vincent: 9-237-4100

*Rescue assistance areas refers to a designated location where a person may wait for rescue personnel.  The wording is not meant to imply compliance with ADAAG requirements required for new multi-story buildings.

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