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In the event of a fire, the best strategy is to alert others of the fire, and evacuate the building.

Alert: Upon discovering smoke, fire, or an explosion in a building, stay calm and activate the nearest fire alarm.

Evacuate: Faculty and staff are responsible for evacuating their areas. Follow posted building evacuation routes to the points of refuge listed below. Account for all occupants of the room. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS, as electrical power may be cut off or fail. All persons should be at least 100 feet from the building. 

Evacuation Procedure

  1. Provide assistance to individuals with physical disabilities.
  2. Call the Otterbein University Police Department at (614) 823-1222 or call 9-1-1. Be prepared to provide information on the location, size, and cause of the fire, as well as the extent of any injuries.
  3. If trapped in a room, retreat and close as many doors as possible between yourself and the fire. Place cloth or other material around/under the door to prevent smoke from coming in. Signal from the windows, but DO NOT BREAK THE GLASS unless absolutely necessary. If possible, call 9-1-1 to give your location.
  4. If the fire is beyond the means at your disposal (the use of a single fire extinguisher), do not remain in the area and attempt to fight the fire.
  5. If a closed door feels hot to the touch, DO NOT OPEN IT.
  6. Once outside, gather at the Campus Center (100 West Home Street) or another safe location as determined by the Otterbein University Police Department and fire authorities.
  7. Do not attempt to re-enter the building or leave campus until accounted for and/or instructed to do so.

/ Otterbein Police

In Case of Emergency
Dial 9-1-1

Call (24 hours) 
p/ (614) 823-1222
e/ Police@Otterbein.edu
f/ (614) 823-1999

194 West Main St.
Westerville, OH 43081

Office Hours
Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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