Emergency Evacuation Plan

Read Olympia High School’s Full Emergency Operation Plan (EOP)



Evacuation will take place if it is determined that it is safer outside than inside the building (fire, explosion, intruder, hazardous material spill, etc.) and staff, students and visitors can safely reach the evacuation location without danger (playground, football stadium, or off-site location in the community).

  2. Incident Commander/Principal
  • Call or designate another to immediately call public safety (9-1-1) (police, fire and emergency responders) to give notice the school has been evacuated.
  • Notify Superintendent’s Office that an evacuation of the school has occurred.
  • Communicate the need to evacuate the building or a specific area of the building to the building staff and other occupants by activating the fire alarm or by intercom. Make the following announcement:


  • Determine evacuation routes based on location of the incident and type of emergency.
  • Communicate changes in evacuation routes based on location and type of emergency.
  • Designate staff with assigned radios and/or cell phones to assist in evacuation procedures.
  • Monitor the situation and provide updates and additional instructions as needed.
  • During inclement weather, consider requesting buses for sheltering students.
  • Communicate when it is safe to re-enter the building or re-occupy a section of the school by bell system, radio transmission, public address system, designated staff, or bull horn.
  • Re-entry into a building or a portion of a building will be managed by the Support Services Center designated trained staff who are certified in building inspection or re-entry may be authorized by a certified and trained third party engineering firm held on retainer or by a state certified inspector.
  1. Teachers/Staff
  • Instruct students to exit the building using the designated emergency exit routes or as directed by the School Incident Commander/Principal. Emergency exit routes should be diagrammed on the school floor plan drawing posted near the light switch inside each room.
  • Use a secondary route if the primary route is blocked or hazardous. Exit routes and the location of the inside the building evacuation location will be selected and communicated by the School Incident Commander/Principal at the time of the emergency and the evacuation.
  • Help those needing special assistance. Students and Staff with functional needs that prohibit normal evacuation will be assisted out of the building, if possible, or will be taken to an area of refuge. Emergency Responders will be notified immediately of any individuals in an area of refuge.
  • Do not lock classroom doors when leaving, close door and turn off lights.
  • Do not stop for student or staff belongings.
  • Take class roster, phone lists, first-aid kit and other emergency supplies with you.
  • Check the bathrooms, hallways and common areas for visitors, staff or students while exiting.
  • Go to designated evacuation assembly area (minimum of 50 feet from building is required in fire evacuation and 300 feet from building for bomb threat, chemical spill inside building, or other directed evacuations).
  • When outside the building or inside the building evacuation location, check for injuries.
  • Account for all students.  Immediately report any missing or injured students to the School Incident Commander/Principal.
  • Wait for additional instructions.
  1. Office Staff
  • Take visitor log and student sign out sheet to evacuation assembly area.  
  • Gather headcount information from teachers and inform the School Incident Commander/Principal of any missing students or staff.
  1. Evacuation Locations
  • In the event of an evacuation of the building, initially all persons will evacuate to the soccer field.  If the evacuation will be for a prolonged time, require family reunification, or due to weather or other considerations the school will evacuate students and faculty to  the Briggs YMCA – Henderson and Yelm Hwy.