Sherrerd Hall Emergency Action Plan

Potential emergencies in Sherrerd Hall may require the occupants to evacuate the building. The following information and procedures have been designed to help ensure your personal safety, should an evacuation become necessary. The Sherrerd Hall assembly area is in the quad in front of the building in the grassy area or Friend Center in inclement weather. Please be courteous and stay in the assembly area during an alarm. A public safety officer is the only person authorized to give the all-clear to reenter the building.

University Fire Emergency Policy and Procedure

In case of a fire emergency, Public Safety must be notified immediately at 911. All occupants must immediately evacuate the building in accordance with the departmental emergency action plan. Public Safety has primary responsibility for managing fire emergencies and summoning outside assistance when necessary. Unauthorized re-entry into a building during a fire emergency is not permitted. Violators of this policy are subject to University and state fire code sanctions.

Building occupants are not required to fight fires. Individuals who have been trained in the proper use of a fire extinguisher and are confident in their ability to cope with the hazards of a fire may use a portable fire extinguisher to fight small, incipient stage fires (no larger than a waste paper basket). Fire fighting efforts must be terminated when it becomes obvious that there is risk of harm from smoke, heat or flames.

If you discover a fire:

  • Alert people in the area of the need to evacuate
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm
  • Call Public Safety at 911 or 609-258-3333 once outside

If a building fire alarm is sounding or you receive notification of a fire emergency:

  • Feel the door or doorknob to the hallway with the back of your hand. If it feels hot, do not open it – the fire may be on the other side of the door. If you are trapped, put a cloth or towel under the door to help prevent the entry of smoke. Dial 911 and tell the Public Safety dispatcher your location and telephone extension and that you are trapped in the room and need rescue. Stay on the phone until instructed otherwise.
  • If the door is not hot, open it slowly. If the hallway is clear of smoke, walk to the nearest fire exit and evacuate via the nearest stairwell to the street/grade level exit.
  • Close doors behind you.
  • Do not attempt to use elevators. Elevators are tied to the fire detection system and are not available to occupants once the alarm sounds.
  • Assemble at the area designated in your departmental Emergency Action Plan and remain there until instructed by Public Safety or the fire department that it is safe to re-enter the building.

Fire Safety information specific to Sherrerd Hall:


The Sherrerd Hall Emergency Coordinator is Connie Brown. If you have questions about this plan, contact Connie (8-5422 or or Kelly States of Environmental Health and Safety (8-2648 or If you have questions or concerns about fire safety, you may contact the Office of the Fire Marshall at (8-1000). The University Fire Marshal is Scott Loh, (8-7374) or

Fire protection Systems

Sherrerd Hall is equipped with audible and visual alarms activated by smoke detection or manual pull stations. The building is equipped with full fire suppression.

Evacuation Procedures

Evacuate immediately. After you have left the building, go to the Friend Center Courtyard. At the assembly point, supervisors will account for personnel and notify the Emergency Coordinator or Public Safety if any personnel are missing. During an emergency, students and visitors who may not be familiar with this plan must be informed of the requirement to evacuate.

Persons with Disabilities

Planning for Assistance in an Evacuation

If you think you might need specialized assistance during an evacuation (e.g. a visual alarm device, identification of fire-exit stairwells, specialized evacuation equipment or alternative egress route planning) due to a medical condition or disability, you may contact your emergency coordinator to arrange for a needs assessment. Self-identification is voluntary and confidential. All such requests and any special arrangements made will only be disclosed to Public Safety and individuals who have a responsibility to assist under the plan. Remember that elevators are tied to the fire detection system and are not available to occupants once a fire alarm sounds.

Evacuation Procedures

If you are alone at the time of a fire or emergency evacuation, notify Public Safety of your location by calling 911 from any campus phone or 258-1000 from a cellular phone. Proceed to the nearest fire-exit stairwell and wait on the landing for assistance. To ensure that your location is known, please ask an individual who is evacuating to notify Public Safety at the designated assembly point of your location. Members of Public Safety, the Princeton Fire Department or the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad will assist you from the building.


Princeton’s Telephone and E-mail Notification System, TigerAlert, is an emergency notification system that allows authorized Princeton officials to send news and instructions simultaneously to individuals through landline phones, cellular phones, text messaging and e-mail. Should your building be evacuated during an emergency, this system may be used to communicate important information via cell phone or e-mail. Faculty and staff should enter emergency contact information through the Office of Human Resources self-service website.

Graduate and undergraduate students should enter emergency contact information through the self-service TigerHub database.

If you have additional questions about the TigerAlert system, e-mail your question to

Additional Information

Additional information on emergency action planning can be found on the Emergency Information Quick Link from the Princeton University home page or by contacting Kelly States, Safety Engineer (8-2648) or the University Fire Marshal (8-6805).


Fire extinguisher training is available upon request through the University Fire Marshal (8-7374).