Fire Evacuation Instructions

In the event that the school needs to be evacuated, please expect the following:

  1. The alarm system will sound a pre-signal, a series of four tones at approximately one second intervals.
  2. The alarm system will then provide a taped message: ”Attention Please. The signal tone you have just heard indicated a report of an emergency in this building. If your floor evacuation signal sounds after this message, walk to the nearest stairway and leave the floor. While the report is being verified, occupants on the other floors should await further instruction.”
  3. If your floor is being evacuated, the alarm will then commence a “slow whoop” tone as the evacuation signal.
  4. Proceed to the nearest stairwell and toward the building exit. Detailed evacuation procedures are attached to the entrance doors of your department, center or office. Never take the elevator.
  5. Make your way to the evacuation assembly area for your building:
    • Countway Plaza – Kresge, SPH1, SPH2
    • Huntington Avenue/Palace Lot – FXB
  6. Once the building is declared safe, authorities will tell those in the assembly area that they may re-enter the building.


People with Disabilities

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HCSPH) is committed to the safety and wellbeing of its community and understands that during emergencies, evacuating a building could be difficult especially when in need of assistance.  HCSPH encourages those requiring evacuation assistance to self-identify with HU Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) and Security by completing this Form.

Once received, EH&S will work with the individual to develop an evacuation plan tailored to the specific needs of the self-reporter.  This information is then added to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health security and fire notification systems to inform first responders of individuals requiring special assistance during a building evacuation event.

In the event of a building evacuation incident, HCSPH Security will notify Boston Fire Department (BFD) regarding the person in need of assistance and their designated location. BFD will then respond to the designated location and evacuate the individual if required.


If you would like to reach out to EH&S directly. here is the the page with their contact information.