Evacuation Warden Duties


  1. Evacuation Warden Training (Required): Register and take Evacuation Warden Training offered by EH&S. A schedule can be found here.
  2. Participate in routine meetings with your evacuation director regarding your FSEP.
  3. Fire Extinguisher Training (Not required): This 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.
  2. Familiarize yourself with building exits and locations that are likely to have visitors or persons with disabilities who may need some assistance during a building emergency.
  3. Be aware of persons with mobility disabilities and their evacuation plan.
  4. Sweeping an area of the building to motivate non-responsive occupants to exit is optional. If conducted the sweep should not take longer than two minutes.
  5. Be familiar with your building alarm system and building safety features (general awareness) so that you may accurately interpret alarms.
  6. Become familiar with operations in your area that may require additional time to shut down requiring occupant actions which would delay their exiting.
  7. Participate in evacuation drills as requested by the evacuation director.
  8. Inform persons with acknowledged mobility disabilities about the guidelines for evacuation (see Section 5 of your FSEP). Contact EH&S for assistance.
  9. Be prepared to communicate to occupants outside of the building to keep them moving to the evacuation assembly point and to not obstruct roads or emergency responders.

Building Emergency Evacuation

  1. Check your area for visitors and others who may need assistance responding to the emergency. Students and visitors and other transient occupants who may not be familiar with how to evacuate should be informed on the location of the nearest exit. Direct occupants to the exits and tell them where to assemble outside.
  2. Direct persons with disabilities to follow their individual plan. It they don’t have one direct them to an area of refuge.
  3. Optional: Sweep your area by walking, calling out, knocking on doors, and closing doors if possible as you exit the building. Encourage others to respond promptly. Be assertive when communicating the need to evacuate. As a general rule, evacuation wardens should not fight fire with fire extinguishers or otherwise. Their primary role is to encourage occupants to move towards exits quickly and to communicate with the evacuation director at the evacuation assembly point.
  4. Exit the building and communicate with exiting occupants where to assemble outside. If fire or smoke is observed, wardens must discontinue their activities and evacuate immediately before the space becomes untenable.

At the Assembly Point

  1. Once outside, assertively direct people to the evacuation assembly point so they don’t obstruct traffic or emergency responders. Remain at least 30 feet from the affected building.
  2. If you or anyone from your area have specific information about the nature or location of the emergency, immediately report the information to the evacuation director who will relay the information to first responders at the incident command location.
  3. Accounting for all personnel is optional. It is impractical to do so in many buildings. Attempt to identify persons who may have remained behind. This is especially important if the building emergency is known and the persons unaccounted for work in or near the affected area. Confer with supervisors and co-workers and use any available lists or floor plans.
  4. Immediately report to the evacuation director any missing persons who you believe, or have reason to believe, may be in the building or in jeopardy.
  5. When notified by the evacuation director help communicate the all clear so the building may be reoccupied. Don’t reoccupy in response to the alarm being silenced. Await a definitive message.