Building Evacuation Routes

Example Emergency Evac Floor Plan Building evacuation route signs are posted in many campus buildings to identify primary and secondary evacuation routes, fire pull stations, fire extinguishers, ADA accessible restrooms and exterior exit doors, stairwells, elevators, and evacuation assembly points (EAP). A design guide for sign holders and the graphic insert for building floor plans can be viewed here (PDF). These strategically placed evacuation signs provide building occupants with continuously available evacuation instructions and life safety information. These building specific signs are a helpful resource in developing an emergency evacuation plan for your building. Contact EH&S Building and Fire Safety, (206) 616-5530, for assistance if your building is not posted with Evacuation Route Signs or if you have any questions about the signs.


Occupants should go to the nearest exit when the alarm sounds. If access to the primary exit is obstructed, the secondary exit should be taken.

Evacuation Assembly Points:

Building specific Evacuation Assembly Points (EAP's) are usually indicated on the Building Evacuation Route signs. If not, the Evacuation Director (or Building Coordinator) must establish EAP's for their buildings and communicate this to building occupants.

  1. Evacuation Assembly Points (Outside Building) Evacuation Assembly Points have been designated for most buildings on Campus. The EAP is an open area away from a building and out of the way of responding emergency personnel vehicles, fire lanes and equipment staging areas. Building occupants are required to meet at the EAP after an evacuation so that they may be accounted for by the Evacuation Director. There may be more than one EAP depending on the size of the building, type of evacuation event, and the location of the exits. If a building Evacuation Director is uncomfortable with the primary location of the EAP in regards to a potential seismic event, EH&S should be contacted for guidance and assistance in establishing an alternative EAP specific to this type of emergency.
  2. Areas of Safe Refuge (Inside Building) Areas of safe refuge, which are located inside buildings, are not identified on Building Evacuation Route signs. Areas of safe refuge are designated for unique situations, such as special occupancies (hospitals), evacuation points for persons with disabilities, and in some high-rise buildings. Departments should consult with EH&S if an area of safe refuge or shelter area is needed or desired.