During a building alarm (fire alarm) sounds and/or upon notification by law enforcement or staff, evacuation is MANDATORY.

When the building evacuation alarm is activated during an emergency, leave by the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.

Once outside, proceed to either the designated evacuation rally point, or if this area is affected, a clear area that is at least 1000 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant, areas and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.

DO NOT return to an evacuated building unless cleared by law enforcement or fire personnel.

DO NOT remain in a building after evacuation has begun! You will pose a risk to responders!

The following procedures are intended to assist disabled persons with an emergency evacuation from any buildings on the campus of Bacone College. The guidelines set forth in this section are in compliance with NFPA 101 Life Safety Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Bacone College policies and procedures require all persons in a facility to evacuate that facility any time the fire alarm system is activated or other emergency that requires building evacuation. Persons with disabilities may not be able to evacuate unassisted. Therefore, they should inform another person that assistance may be necessary during an evacuation.

General Guidelines

"Buddy System" Option

Persons with disabilities that limit mobility are encouraged to utilize the "Buddy System." Persons with disabilities that limit mobility may be defined as anyone who uses assistive devices such as canes, crutches, or wheelchairs or who has slower mobility due to illness or injury. Also, persons with limited vision and hearing may need assistance to evacuate.

During the first week of class, persons with limited mobility are encouraged to make acquaintances with fellow students, residents, class members, faculty or staff. Inform them of any special assistance that may be required in the event of a fire alarm.

When the fire alarm sounds, the "Buddy" will make sure of the location of the person with the disability, and then go outside and inform emergency personnel (Campus Police Officers, Muskogee Fire Department, Muskogee EMS, etc.) that a person in a specific location needs assistance in leaving the building. Emergency personnel will then enter the building and evacuate that person.

If conditions allow, the "Buddy" may choose to assist the person with disability during the evacuation of the building.

Elevators will stop in the event of a power outage and persons will become trapped inside.

Evacuation Options

Use of the "Buddy System" along with the following evacuation options will help to assure the prompt evacuation of any person with a disability.

Disability Guidelines

Prior planning and practicing of emergency evacuation routes are important in assuring a safe evacuation.

At the beginning of each semester Student Life will conduct meetings with their floors to discuss the "Buddy System" as well as other emergency procedures including location of nearest stairwells for exit, nearest fire extinguishers and how to use them, etc.

Housing should make note of any disabled persons residing in the halls and provide this list to Campus Police. In the event of a fire alarm, Housing should direct emergency responders to the disabled person(s) room to verify whether they were able to evacuate appropriately.

Students who may experience temporary disability, such as those who may be temporarily on crutches, or recovering from a surgical procedure, should identify themselves to Student Life so that they can be included in this procedure.

In residence halls, following evacuation of each room, and when possible if no danger is imminent, a diagonal line of masking tape or similar material should be placed outside a closed and unlocked door which will indicate to emergency personnel that that room has been evacuated. This should be done as the last person is leaving that room.

Students and personnel are to evacuate the building and congregate in one area. Students are not to leave campus without first providing their name and location to officers and the Residence Life Staff. This is to facilitate communication between parents or others who may call the College to locate the student and to assist police in any investigation.

Shelter in Place

Many incidents may require a "shelter in place" order, including tornado watch/warning or other weather events. In this case, stay away from all doors and windows and locate a safe interior hallway in which to take cover. Additional instructions will be provided by staff as appropriate.

Violent incidents, including but not limited to: acts of terrorism, an active shooter, assaults, or other incidents of workplace violence can occur on the grounds or in close proximity with little or no warning. An "active shooter" is considered to be a suspect or assailant whose activity is immediately causing serious injury or death and has not been contained.

Law enforcement officers use nationally accepted response procedures to contain and terminate such threats, as quickly as possible. The following information regarding law enforcement response will enable you to take appropriate protective actions for yourself.

Try to remain calm as your actions will influence others. The following instructions are intended for incidents that are of an emergent nature (i.e., imminent or in progress):

1. Secure the immediate area. Whether a classroom, residence hall room, office, or restroom:

2. Protective Actions. Take appropriate steps to reduce your vulnerability:

3. Unsecured Areas: If you find yourself in an open area, immediately seek protection:

4. Call 911. Emergency situations should be reported to law enforcement by dialing 911. You may hear multiple rings – stay on the line until it is answered - do not hang up. Be prepared to
provide the 911 operator with as much information as possible, such as the following:

5. Try to provide information in a calm clear manner so that the 911 operator quickly can relay
your information to responding law enforcement and emergency personnel.

6. What to Report. Try to note as much as possible about the assailant, including:

7. Treat the Injured. The 911 operator will notify law enforcement and other emergency service (EMS) agencies – fire and rescue. EMS will respond to the site, but will may not be able to enter or the area until it is secured by law enforcement. You may have to treat the injured as best you can until the area is secure, as Oklahoma CLEET Active Shooter Training places emphasis on finding and eliminating a threat to life safety BEFORE treating the injured. You can make the difference to an injured person by remembering basic first aid:

8. Securing the Area

Campus Police Officers and Deputies from the Muskogee County Sheriff's Department will immediately respond to the area, assisted by other local law enforcement agencies, if necessary. You may see a variety of officers in various uniforms, including Muskogee Police Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Tribal Police (Creek Nation Lighthorsemen, Cherokee Nation Marshals) and federal agents (ATF, FBI, USMS). These officers may be in tactical gear and carrying submachine guns or patrol rifles – while their appearance may be intimidating,  you should remain calm and allow them to work quickly to stop the threat by following these important rules:

1. Remain inside the secure area.

2. Injured Persons. Initial responding officers will not treat the injured or begin evacuation until
the threat is neutralized and the area is secure.


3. Evacuation. Responding officers will establish safe corridors for persons to evacuate.