Emergency Action Plans

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires emergency action planning in all workplaces. Each building is responsible for the development and implementation of a written Emergency Action Plan (EAP) covering the facilities and operations under their control. Environmental Health and Safety has developed a model plan to assist buildings and departments with establishing their plans.

How to Prepare:

  • Become familiar with your building’s emergency action plan.
  • Know the following information about your building:
    • Emergency coordinator.
    • Designated assembly area.
    • Two ways out of the building.
    • Type of fire protection systems (audible alarm, visible strobes, voice annunciator, sprinklers, etc.).
    • Fire alarm pull stations (if equipped).
    • Any special duties or assignments you may be expected to perform before evacuating.
  • Ensure your information is updated in TigerHub.

What To Do:


Evacuation and Shelter in Place Procedures

Persons with Disabilities

Planning for Assistance in an Evacuation

If you think you might need specialized assistance during an evacuation (e.g. a visual alarm device, identification of fire-exit stairwells, specialized evacuation equipment or alternative egress route planning) due to a medical condition or disability, you may contact your Emergency Coordinator to arrange for a needs assessment.  Self-identification is voluntary and confidential.  All such requests and any special arrangements made will only be disclosed to the Department of Public Safety and individuals who have a responsibility to assist under the plan. 

Evacuation Procedures

If you are alone at the time of a fire or emergency evacuation:

  • Notify the Department of Public Safety of your location by calling 911 or activating a blue light phone tower.
  • Remember that elevators are tied to the fire detection system and are not available to occupants once a fire alarm sounds.
  • Proceed to the nearest fire-exit stairwell or area of refuge and wait on the landing for assistance.
  • To ensure that your location is known, tell an individual who is evacuating to notify the Department of Public Safety at the designated assembly point of your location.  Members of the Department of Public Safety, the Princeton Fire Department or the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad will assist you from the building.


The Emergency Coordinator is responsible for providing all new employees or other regular building occupants with initial Emergency Action Plan training.  All building occupants must be familiar with the contents of this plan and reminded of its contents annually.  The Emergency Coordinator is responsible for full dissemination of any changes to the plan following the annual review.

The Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management offer an in-person Emergency Preparedness Training course to any department on campus. This training focuses on hazards faced by the University, how the University will notify you in case of an emergency, and actions to take if confronted with an emergency. Active shooter scenarios are one of the topics covered. To request this training, reach out to Derek Ziegler, Assistant Director for Emergency Preparedness.

Fire extinguisher training and the arrangement of fire drills is available upon request through the University Fire Marshal’s Office.