Building Safety in a Disaster
Often the most casualties of a disaster are those that are caught unaware and/or
do not know what to do, where to go. In order to be prepared, NMSU has several systems
that address these problems.
One is the Emergency Action Plan (Evacuation plan) for each building. This is a
written plan which details the emergency warnings/alarms, reporting system, resources,
special considerations for the building, egress routes and assembly areas in the event of
The preparation and annual update of this OSHA-required plan is the responsibility
of each department. For departments and buildings with chemical labs this plan is a
required component of the Chemical Hygiene Plan. Each department shall report
their review information annually to EH&S (see EAP policy). All NMSU
areas with chemicals are also required to compile and submit an annual chemical inventory
to EH&S (see NMSU HazCom Program).
EH&S provides classes on the plan and its preparation. Training as in a
departmental review of the EAP is recommended annually. Some plans and buildings are
simple, however larger buildings may be need a drill in order to evacuate the building
More information on Emergency Plans and chemical safety is provided under policy
and programs on the EH&S website and via the
EAP Training/Classes - This class is provided by EH&S and is
available via the training schedule. Please register
via the web link. To set up a special class for a group or for more information call
(646-3327) or email
Second is the recently updated emergency
alert system (click for description).
radio receiver list.
In an emergency the NMSU Police dispatcher/incident commander will issue standard instructions to advise affected personnel of the procedures to follow. Departments are
responsible for developing a reporting tree and methodology to follow to pass the
imformation to their employees (example -
using voice mail boxes).
A general understanding of the system is recommended. Individuals should
know their position on the reporting tree and the standard instructions they may
For more information contact
NMSU Police at: (575) 646-3311 or firstname.lastname@example.org