Emergency Evacuation Plan

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has established an Emergency Evacuation Plan to minimize and prevent injury and property damage on all campuses, which encompasses all buildings, parking lots and decks, and the immediate outside areas. The plan provides procedures for the systematic, safe, and orderly evacuation of effected areas in case of fire or other emergencies. It instructs CPCC personnel in the prompt reporting of all fire and chemical emergencies, the use of fire equipment, response to alarms, and initial immediate procedures for safeguarding the lives of all persons within and immediately outside the campus boundaries.

Facility designs incorporate the following features to ensure maximum fire protection and life safety.
1. Type II Fire Resistive Construction
2. Fire Protection Standpipes located throughout campus locations.
3. Fire Alarms

Manual Pull Stations located on each floor activate the Fire Alarm Systems, but only in that particular building. They do not relay to CPCC Security or to the Fire Department. Dial 6911 for Security from a Central Campus Emergency phone or dial 911 from any campus payphone. Smoke detectors activate the fire alarm system also. Fire alarm panels are located in each building with the following exception:
The Hunter and Ceramic Buildings are on the Visual Arts system. Pease Auditorium is on the LRC system.

4. Emergency Electrical Service
This service is equipped with a diesel powered emergency generator that will provide power to all stair lighting, exit lights, and Fire Alarm Systems in the following buildings:

• Advanced Technology Center
• Kratt Hall includes Citizens and Belk
• LRC includes Terrell, Van Every, and Giles Science
• Taylor Hall

All other buildings are equipped with battery back-up systems that run the Fire Alarm System, and battery packs which provide lighting in hallways.

5. Emergency Exits
Emergency Exits are conspicuously marked with an EXIT sign or a lighted EXIT sign and are provided in all buildings. Fire/Emergency Evacuation Routes are posted throughout the buildings in major traffic areas. All personnel should be familiar with emergency exits and routes, especially in their assigned work areas.

6. Fire Extinguishers
Five, nine, and ten pound "ABC," "BC," and “CO2” extinguishers are conspicuously marked and located throughout Central Campus.

7. The Fire Command Station
All communication with emergency response vehicles is coordinated through

8. Campus Emergency Telephones

Campus emergency telephones will not dial outside the campus and are used only to call Security at 6911 in case of an emergency. Dialing 6911 allows CPCC Security to communicate the fastest and most accessible route to an emergency. For pay telephones, dial 911, no money required. For general assistance at Central Campus, dial 6632.


Routine responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to, the following:
1. Must have detailed knowledge of CPCC Emergency Evacuation Plan.
2. Revise the manual annually.
3. Conduct fire drills as required by the plan.
4. Ensure the proper maintenance, repair, and readiness of all fire safety and fire fighting equipment in each building on all campuses.

Routine responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to, the following:
1. Notify the Charlotte Fire Department at 911.
2. Meet and assist the Charlotte Fire Department with building and room access.
3. Locate fire alarm panels and location of alarm.
4. Verify and assist occupants with an orderly exit route out of the building.
5. Verify building is clear and assist Charlotte Fire Department personnel with prompt evacuation of students with disabilities.
6. Silence or reset fire alarm only after given permission by the Charlotte Fire Department.
7. Inform the Charlotte Fire Department of any unaccounted for students, faculty, staff, or persons with disabilities.

1. Unannounced fire drills will be conducted on an annual basis. These drills will involve all occupants of the buildings. (Evacuations due to false alarms will count as drills.)
2. All personnel will be expected to attend an annual refresher course on fire safety and emergency evacuation procedures.
3. All fire drills will be coordinated with the Charlotte Fire Department Fire Communications Center (704) 336-2441.
4. During a fire drill, the Charlotte Fire Department does not have to give Security permission to silence an alarm.
5. The Fire Safety Officer will keep detailed evaluations of the effectiveness of drills on record for a period of three (3) years. These documents will be available for examination by Fire Department personnel as requested.

1. Evacuate the building when required to do so by Security or Facilities Services personnel or upon hearing an alarm - even if no one advises you to leave. Close all interior doors and turn off lights behind you.
2. Move to the closest EXIT and proceed down the EXIT stairwell in a safe and orderly manner, single file, keeping to the right. Do not use the elevators!
3. All CPCC faculty and staff must assist students and visitors in a prompt and orderly evacuation to designated assembly areas.
4. Remain at least three hundred (300) feet outside of the building in the designated assembly area and await further instructions from Fire Department personnel. Designated assembly areas include all CPCC parking lots and the Quad, which is the area bordered by Van Every, Terrell, Learning Resource Center (LRC), Giles Science, Kratt Hall, Citizens, and Belk Buildings.
5. Do not go back into the building for any reason! If you have a problem or concern, please inform Security personnel assigned to your building.

Persons using wheelchairs:
If you are on a ground floor, you may not need assistance exiting the building. Proceed to the designated assembly area to wait for instructions on when the building may safely be reentered.
If you are located in a multi-level building, exit to the nearest fire safe stairwell or elevator lobby with fire safe doors separating the lobby from the incident. Ask for assistance. Contact Security at (704) 330-6911 or have someone let Security know where you are located in the building.
Persons with mobility impairments:
These individuals may use crutches, canes or walkers. Ask for assistance. If you are unable to use stairs, follow the procedure for persons using wheelchairs (see above).

Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing:
Most buildings are equipped with visual fire alarm systems.
Be familiar with the evacuation route in your building before an incident occurs.
Ask for assistance by writing a note or using hand gestures.

Persons who are blind or visually impaired:
Most buildings are equipped with audio fire alarm systems.
Ask for assistance evacuating and let the person know how to assist you. If you have a guide dog, instruct the person on how to assist you.

Designated Areas of Rescue Assistance
Professional Development Building First Floor loading dock, First Floor Entrance Lobby, First Floor Back Stairwell.
Information Technology Building First Floor Entrance Lobby, First Floor Back Loading Dock
Sloan Morgan Building First Floor Front Stairwell
Academic and Performing Arts First Floor Theater Lobby, First Floor Outside Stairway

 Patients and visitors in this area must be accounted for. All students, clinic personnel, and dentists will be responsible for and must remain with their patients.
 If a patient is receiving restorative or surgical procedures at the time of evacuation, the clinic dentist will stay with the patient upon exiting the building. If it is deemed unsafe to return to the building, the clinic dentist must complete treatment at his/her private office.