Safety and Emergency Preparedness

CICOES Health and Safety Plan

CICOES at Wallace Hall Emergency Evacuation and Operations Plan

CICOES at NOAA Emergency Evacuation and Operations Plan

Online Accident Reporting System (OARS)


Fire Safety Director

Evacuation Wardens
Fred Averick
Wallace Hall, room 132
Office: 206-616-6763
Cell: 206-851-7446

Collen Marquist
Wallace Lobby
Office: 206-685-6548
Cell: 206-330-6740

UW Emergency Management

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Go to UW Emergency Management for detailed information on how to prepare for any type of emergency including earthquakes, winter storms,
fires, hazardous materials incidents, terrorism, extreme heat, and pandemic flu.

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CICOES Emergency Management


  • Dial 911
  • Contact the Fire Safety Director or one of the Evacuation Wardens
    and give a detailed account of the situation
  • Exit the building in an orderly fashion—closing all doors behind you
    take only your most essential items with you; do not take things such as books or computers
  • Do not try to put out or contain the fire—unless it is a very small trash fire, and even then it might be better to let the fire department handle it
  • If you believe someone is still in the building, inform Fred or Mary; do not go back in the building
  • In an emergency situation, the Fire Safety Director and the Evacuation Wardens will all be wearing bright green baseball caps; if there are any questions or problems, speak to someone wearing such a cap



  • Make sure shelves are secure and designed with latching doors or raised edges to prevent objects from falling.
  • Top-heavy furniture and equipment must be bolted to walls or floor. (Physical Plant can assist with these measures.)
  • Store breakables and heavy objects on lower shelves. Overhead lights, heavy artwork, and mirrors need to be anchored (by Physical Plant).
  • Store flammable liquids in flammable liquids storage cabinets.


  • If indoors, stay indoors. Try to move to rooms or areas away from windows that may break and furniture or large objects that could fall over. Take cover under a table, bench or desk and hold on, or go to an interior wall or hallway. Do not stand in a doorway as this has proven to be dangerous. Expect fire alarm and sprinkler systems to activate.
  • If you’re in a crowded room or public place, do not rush for exits.
    If outdoors, stay outdoors. Move to an open area away from trees, buildings, utility poles and lines, or signs.
  • If in a vehicle, pull to the side of the road as quickly as possible, but keep away from overhead hazards such as trees, buildings, utility poles and lines, signs, and bridges. Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.
  • If you’re in a theater or stadium, stay in your seat or get under it if possible, and protect your head with your arms. Do not try to leave until the shaking is over.


  • Only after the shaking stops, evacuate cautiously, taking your keys, wallet, purse, coat, and any emergency supplies.
  • On your way out, look for signs of building damage or for persons who are injured or trapped. Watch for falling objects as you leave the building.
  • Go to your department Evacuation Assembly Point, tell your supervisor or department floor warden that you are out of the building and report injured or trapped persons and any signs of building damage you observed.
  • Turn on a battery-powered or vehicle radio if available for information.
    If possible, do not use the phone for local calls, except emergencies, during the first 15-30 minutes after the earthquake.
  • Overloading the phone system with calls may delay the delivery of emergency assistance.


Keeping Updated

  • UW Information Line (recorded message) 206-UWS-INFO, Toll Free: 1-866-897-INFO
  • “Red Alerts” on UW Home page
  • Your supervisor, department/college administrator or building coordinator
  • KIRO 710 AM (Emergency Alert System)

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