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Update - What is your Exit Strategy?

If there was an emergency that blocked your normal route in and out of your building, would you know where an alternate exit was? Do you know the steps to follow to notify emergency forces? Would you be able to locate the closest fire extinguisher and know how to use it? Would you know how to assist mobility impaired students or co-workers? Do you have a location designated to meet to determine if everyone from your area was able to get out of the building?

If you don’t have answers for the questions above, then it’s probably a good time for you and your department to develop an exit strategy. Exit strategies are about planning in advance for how you will react in an emergency. They are about having realistic views of what can, and most likely will, happen in an emergency and anticipating the steps that need to be taken to ensure everyone’s safety.

An exit strategy can not only save your life, but save those around you as well. Be aware of the other exits by following the exit signs. Locate the closest fire extinguishers and contact the UH Fire Marshal’s Office for a class on how to use them. Post the emergency numbers for the Department of Public Safety and learn what to expect if you dial 911. Identify evacuation points for your department, class, etc to meet. Most importantly, take fire alarms seriously and use the opportunity to practice your plan.

While the “Have an Exit Strategy” program places a strong emphasis on our campus’s residents, it is also critically important for all students, faculty, and staff to develop their own plans. Please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office directly at X31635 for assistance in exit strategy planning or for information concerning the classes that are offered. The Fire Marshal’s Office also has a website located at for information on the Office and to view the recent addition of a campus map showing all Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) located on the campus.

The University of Houston Fire Marshal’s Office will be beginning their Campaign for the State sponsored “Have an Exit Strategy” in the coming weeks. Be on the look-out for information and programs in your college, department or division. Representatives from across campus have been selected to help spread the word about the program and its importance.