Fire & Smoke Conditions

Please take a moment to review and familiarize yourself with the fire safety tips and evacuation protocols for students residing in University housing below:

If there is smoke or fire in your immediate area, activate fire alarm. Contain the fire by closing doors and windows, as needed.

During evacuation, please remember:

  • Do not panic. It is important to stay calm and exit the building as quickly and orderly as possible.
  • Remember: DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.
  • In the event that the card access system fails and building or wing doors do not open, your RA has a key and can manually open these doors for you. Call Security at 410-516-4600 or 911 if an RA or other staff member is not available to open an inaccessible door in the event of an ongoing emergency where access or evacuation is necessary.
  • Do not re-enter building until directed to do so by university officials or fire department personnel.
  • Follow the building/floor evacuation plans below.

If Trapped:

  • If you cannot evacuate, you will need to shelter in place.
  • Stuff the cracks around doors with towels, coats, etc., to keep out as much smoke and heat as possible.
  • Call 410-516-4600 or 911 to report your exact location, the number of people with you, and their medical condition(s).
  • Do not attempt to jump from multi-story buildings.
  • If possible, get to a pressurized stairwell.

Fire Safety Tips:

  • Never enter a smoke-filled room.
  • Feel all doors before entering/exiting a room; if hot, do not enter/exit.
  • Stay low to the floor if thick smoke is present.
  • Never allow the fire to come between you and an exit path.
  • If your clothing is on fire: Stop, Drop and Roll to put out the flames and seek immediate medical assistance.
  • Unless you have been formally trained do not attempt to use a fire extinguisher to fight the fire.

Disability Emergency Evacuation Protocol (DEEP):

If you can safely evacuate, you should do that.

If you cannot safely evacuate, Stay in Place and use the following protocol to get assistance evacuating:

  • Close the door to the space you are in or move to a space where you can close the door
  • Use a phone to call JHU security at 410-516-7777 to report your exact location in the building; this will enable rescue personnel to get assistance to you as quickly as possible
  • If you are with others who can evacuate they should evacuate, report that you are in the building, and provide your location to responders once they are out
  • Stay low and position yourself near the door if you are able to do this
  • Be patient, evacuation rescues can take some time; sprinkler systems and 2 hour fire rated materials are in place throughout the residence halls
  • Never break a window since that could prevent you from closing it if needed
  • Windows can be opened slightly if fresh air is needed, but be prepared to close it to prevent smoke from coming in
  • Refrain from opening the door once closed; before opening any doors, touch them to make sure the door is not hot; avoid opening any door that feels hot

Emergency personnel should be on the scene quickly. Student Disability Services maintains a shared list with Housing and Campus Security with names, residence hall room assignments and contact information for students who may need assistance in evacuating. Please make sure you contact Student Disability Services if you want to be added to that list and have not done that already.

Another Resource:

Download and set up the LiveSafe app on your phone; make sure you are connected to Johns Hopkins, indicate your campus or school, and allow the app to share your location. This app can be used to call or message JHU security (call them first if you are in a residence hall and an alarm is sounding), call 911 and/or report a range of safety and security concerns.

Building/Floor Evacuation Plans