Evacuation Director Duties


  1. Prepare, maintain, and distribute the Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan (FSEP).
  2. Work with management in all departments occupying the building to include the FSEP in new employee orientation.
  3. Call periodic meetings with evacuation wardens to review and update the FSEP.
  4. Distribute the FSEP annually to all building occupants (those with assigned work stations) and highlight any changes to the document.
  5. Be familiar with duties and emergency procedures.


  1. Evacuation Warden Training (Required): Register and take the Evacuation Warden Training course offered by EH&S. The schedule can be found here.
  2. Fire Extinguisher Training (Not required): Optional training is available for all UW personnel on the use of portable fire extinguishers. Information can be found here.

Preparation Guidelines

  1. Be familiar with the FSEP and all relevant emergency procedures. Coordinate with building/department administrators responsible for employee, student, and visitor health and safety to ensure all units occupying the building are addressed in this plan.
  2. Assist with the development of emergency procedures for persons with disabilities. See guidelines contained in Section 5 of your FSEP.

Oversee Evacuation Wardens

  1. Solicit volunteers or request that departments solicit volunteer evacuation wardens and alternates for all areas of the building. One way to ensure all areas have adequate coverage is to print out floor maps through the GeoSIMS map viewer program which can be found at opb.washington.edu/GeoSIMS.
  2. Ensure wardens have attended EH&S training and know what their duties are in case of an emergency.

Evacuation Drills

  1. Serve as liaison between building occupants, building coordinator, and EH&S for evacuation drills. EH&S is responsible to schedule the drills and will activate the fire alarm.
  2. Critique the drill and complete the drill form found here, noting any problems or issues. Completed forms are to be returned to EH&S Building & Fire Safety (BFS), Box 354400.

Building Emergency Evacuation

  1. Evacuate and report to the evacuation assembly point and act as a building occupant liaison with responding emergency services.
  2. Receive status reports from area evacuation wardens.
  3. Identify yourself and communicate your role to incident command (usually Seattle Fire Department) and provide any relevant information you may have about the status of the emergency.
  4. Offer a hard copy of this plan and attachments to emergency services. Ask if they need any information about the building and help facilitate information sharing between occupants and emergency services.
  5. Communicate with EH&S, Facilities Services, personnel who work in the affected space, and others who may have information.
  6. If necessary or requested by incident command, assign evacuation wardens or other personnel as needed to be stationed by all entrances to prevent unsuspecting personnel from reentering the building.
  7. When the fire department has communicated “ALL CLEAR,” announce that occupants may re-enter the building. Do not allow re-entry if the alarm is silenced without confirmation of an all clear from emergency services