Evacuation

Boston University comprises more than 350 buildings. As such there is no single assembly location. Larger buildings have a predesignated rally point as part of their evacuation plans. In the event of an emergency, specific information about evacuation and relocation will be provided via BU Alert, if necessary.

In certain emergencies, students, faculty, and staff may need to be temporarily relocated or provided with an assembly area. The following areas should be considered as possible emergency assembly areas:

Charles River Campus (CRC)

  • George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Track & Tennis Center, 100 Ashford Street
  • Case Center Gyms, 285 Babcock Street
  • Agganis Arena and Fitness & Recreation Center, 925 & 915 Commonwealth Avenue

Medical Campus (BUMC)

  • Hiebert Lounge, Instructional Building, 72 East Concord Street
  • 670 Albany Street Auditorium
  • Keefer Auditorium, 75 East Newton Street, E Building
  • Bakst Auditorium, 72 East Concord Street
  • School of Public Health Auditorium, Evans Basement, 85 East Newton Street

In addition to the general fire evacuation plan (RACE), Environmental Health & Safety has created building-specific evacuation plans for many buildings on both the Charles River Campus (CRC) and the Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC).

Additional evacuation information can be found by viewing the CRC or BUMC Emergency Flip Charts.  These documents provide information on how to respond to and who to contact for specific emergency situations.

Boston University Medical Campus also provides new employees with ID-sized RACE plans that should be worn with your employee ID card. This card has important phone numbers as well as a description of the RACE steps.

For additional emergency evacuation procedures and planning, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at the Charles River Campus, 617-353-4094, or at the Boston University Medical Center, 617-638-8830.


Evacuation floor maps have been created and posted in all University and hospital buildings to act as an aid in the event of an evacuation. The floor maps show primary and secondary means of egress and the locations of fire extinguishers and fire alarm pull stations. In buildings that contain laboratories, safety showers and eyewash stations are also shown on the floor plans. On BMC inpatient floors, the maps also show smoke separations to aid in horizontal evacuation if necessary. Become familiar with the layout of your building in the event of a real emergency.

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Boston University has developed building-specific evacuation plans for larger buildings to ensure a complete understanding of procedures to follow when there is a situation leading up to the possibility of an evacuation.

Potential evacuation could be caused by, but not limited to: fire, biological threat, bomb threat, flood, gas leak, or building system malfunctions. Evacuation is mandatory when the fire alarm system for the building is activated, or initiated by the Boston University Police Department (BUPD), BUMC Public Safety, Boston Police Department (BPD), Boston Fire Department (BFD), or other recognized authorities.

An effective evacuation requires the cooperative efforts of various departments and city agencies, including Facilities Management & Planning, Boston University Police and/or BUMC Public Safety, Environmental Health & Safety, Boston Fire Department, and Boston Police Department. A cooperative effort is also necessary from the building occupants. This plan assigns duties and responsibilities to particular individuals involved with the evacuation process, which is critical to a quick and smooth evacuation.

The plan also describes the fire alarm system and egress routes to educate building occupants and those involved in emergency evacuation.

This plan contains emergency phone numbers, many of which can be found in the Safety/Emergency Instruction chart mounted on the wall in the main administrative area of each department. The emergency chart contains basic instructions for various safety scenarios including fire, bomb threat, and natural disaster.