Be Prepared for Fire & Emergency Evacuation Drills

Employees encouraged to become familiar with drill procedures.

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2010) – Fire and emergency evacuation drills are required annually in all USF System high-hazard buildings (buildings with fire alarms) in accordance with the Florida Fire Prevention Code, Florida Statutes and USF System Policy #6-025. The purpose of the fire drill is to educate occupants on proper actions to take during an actual fire or other building emergency. During a drill, all occupants must evacuate the building and the drill must be evaluated for effectiveness.

Fire drills will be scheduled by facility managers during normal business hours and will be facilitated by representatives from Environmental Health and Safety, University Police, and building maintenance. In some cases, facility managers may request assistance from certain building occupants during the evacuation.

Initially, facility managers may choose to notify building occupants prior to an evacuation drill. Eventually, drills will be unannounced to simulate actual emergency conditions.

In the event that an alarm activates in your building, leave the building immediately via the nearest exit. If you cannot evacuate due to a disability, move to the nearest area of refuge/rescue (typically a stairwell landing). Treat all alarm activations as actual emergencies.

Please visit the Environmental Health and Safety website ( for more information regarding fire and emergency evacuation drills.

Documents included on this site include:

USF System Fire and Emergency Evacuation Drill Policy
USF System Fire & Emergency Evacuation Procedures
USF System High-Hazard Buildings
Fire Drill Relocation Areas

You may also contact the Division of Environmental Health and Safety at (813) 974-4036 for additional information regarding this initiative.