When a fire alarm sounds, always exit the building immediately.

Immediately notify Security Services (3311) or Tacoma Fire Department (911) and do not re-enter the building unless authorized by the Emergency Response Team.

If there is a safe exit:

  • Pull the fire alarm and/or verbally alert others to exit the building.
  • Close doors and windows in your immediate area as you exit.
  • Leave the building via the closest and safest exit. Do not use elevators.
  • Meet with others in the designated Emergency Gathering Area and wait for directions from the Emergency Response Team.

If there is no safe exit:

  • Place a towel or other material under your door to prevent smoke from entering your room.
  • If a door handle is hot, do not open the door.
  • Flash room lights, hang something from a window, and/or call for help from a window.