Cato Campus


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 Standpipe

3. Manual Pull Stations

Manual pull stations are located on walls throughout Cato Campus. In case of fire contact CPCC Security at 6911 and/or the Charlotte Fire Department at 911 if Security is not available.

4. Automatic Smoke Detection System

Automatic smoke detectors exist throughout Cato Campus. Generally, these detectors are located no more that 30 feet apart.

5. Emergency Exits and Lighting

Emergency exits are conspicuously marked with a lighted/illuminated exit sign. Evacuation routes are posted throughout the building in high traffic areas. Stairwells and high traffic areas have emergency lighting to help with a quick and safe exit in the event of a power outage. 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 Cato Campus.

7. Fire Alarm Control Panels

The main fire alarm control panel is located inside the Cato Campus Security Office (Room 100) of the main building and in the lobby area of the Horticulture Building. The annunciator panel is located outside of the Security Office (Room 100).

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 Cato Campus, dial 4891.



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 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. Search rooms to verify building is clear.
6. Silence or reset fire alarm only after given permission by the Charlotte Fire Department Incident Commander.
7. Inform 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 Charlotte Fire Department’s Office personnel as requested.


1. Upon fire alarm activation begin immediate evacuation - even if no one advises you to leave. Close all interior doors, but do not lock, 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 Charlotte Fire Department personnel. The Cato Campus assembly area is the parking lot.

5. Do not go back into the building for any reason without permission from the Charlotte Fire Department Incident Commander! If you have a problem or concern, please inform Charlotte Fire Department Incident Commander.


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.


During an evacuation, dial 6911. Security MUST be notified in order to respond since alarms are not presently wired into the Security Room. Each building has unique characteristics and building occupants are encouraged to contact the Health and Safety Office with any suggestions or comments regarding the plan.


1. Get people out of danger if possible.

2. Close the door to isolate fire.

3. Pull the manual fire alarm pull station to start evacuation procedures.

4. Notify security at 6911 so the Charlotte Fire Department can be contacted at 911.

5. Follow procedure for evacuation as outlined in the plan.

6. Use a fire extinguisher on a small, confined fire only if you have been trained and it is safe to do so.

7. Report any personnel unaccounted for to the Charlotte Fire Department.