Office of Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety

Emergency Evacuations & COVID-19

Be Mindful of Egress when Adjusting your Space

As spaces are adjusted to slow the spread of COVID-19 remember the following: 

  • Doorways that function as an entrance/exit cannot be obstructed
  • Aisle ways/walk ways must be maintained free from obstructions
  • There should be no storage in stairwells 
  • Stairwell doors cannot be propped open unless done so by a hold open device tied to the building fire alarm system.
  • Rated fire doors may only be held open by a device tied to the building fire alarm system.  Rated fire doors cannot be held open using door wedges, blocks, weights, or any other object that renders the door inoperable.(For information about identifying rated fire doors, please contact the University Fire and Loss Control Coordinator)

Currently there have not been any exceptions made to the fire code or life safety code due to COVID-19.

React Appropriately During a Fire Alarm or Severe Weather

In the event of a fire alarm remember the following:

  • UNI Policy 7.04-Students, faculty, and staff must evacuate a building when the fire alarm sounds
  • If the fire alarm sounds, exit the building immediately. Life safety is first priority
  • Maintain physical distancing as best as possible while evacuating
  • Do not let physical distancing delay your evacuation
  • Once evacuated, move away from the building
  • Be aware of responding emergency vehicles so you do not block their access

In the event of severe weather take the following actions:

  • Immediately seek shelter in designated emergency shelter areas
  • Maintain physical distancing as best as possible
  • Continue face covering use if possible
  • Do not let physical distancing stop you from seeking shelter

Please contact the University Fire and Loss Control Coordinator with questions, Brian.Freese@uni.edu, 319-273-2004.