General Fire Safety Policy and Emergency Action Plan

Police and Fire Emergency Numbers:

  • Police/Fire/Medical Emergencies: 911
  • Non-Emergencies: Police: (562) 567-9200. Fire: (562) 698-7661

General Responsibilities, Procedures and Instructions

It is essential that the office be prepared to respond appropriately in the face of emergencies such as fires, explosions, and chemical releases. The following instructions are to be used by employees to thoroughly understand the General Fire/Emergency Evacuation Procedures known as Achieve Beyond’s Emergency Action Plan.

Planning: The key to a successful evacuation is planning. Potential emergencies within a building 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. Each member of the staff should familiarize themselves with these emergency procedures, evacuation plans and instructions. They should also become familiar with the buildings which they occupy, including the location of the nearest available exits, fire alarm pull stations, and fire extinguishers.

Emergency egress and escape routes; Each building has been provided with emergency evacuation floor plan diagrams showing the primary exit and secondary exit as well as the external emergency evacuation assembly areas.

Maintenance: these guidelines are updated annually or as necessitated by changes and established so that staff know their responsibilities during an emergency.

Availability: these general fire safety/emergency action and evacuation plans are provided to employees at the following times; to new employees and students, if employee’s responsibilities under the plan change, if the plan is updated.  


  1. If you observe fire or smoke activate the building’s fire alarm pull station. Fire alarm pull stations have self-inscribed instructions.
    **Pull stations are located at the both ends of the hallway outside the office.
  2. All staff and clients shall immediately evacuate the building upon fire alarm activation to the designated area of assembly.
    **The designated area of assembly is the west parking lot at least 150 feet from the building.
  3. When you leave your room, close the door. If smoke is present, crawl low to the floor. Alert all persons in your area as you are exiting the building.
  4. Receptionist (or available administrative personnel) shall be responsible for and utilize the daily sign in sheet to account for all occupants for each day.
    **Therapists providing services will be responsible for escorting child to their parents (when it is safe to do so) or to the designated area outside (when it is not safe to find parent of child).
  5. Staff will exit any of the doors leading to the hallway. Exits inside the clinic are marked with blue signs that say EXIT ROUTE.
  6. Once in the hallway, there are emergency exits at both ends of the hallway. Do not use the elevator! If smoke is present, crawl low to the floor.
  7. Call 911 and provide your location and a description of the fire after you have left the building.
  8. DO NOT re-enter the building until instructed by a police officer or fire personnel.

If You Are Not Able to Leave-shelter in place

Feel the doorknob, with the back of your hand, before opening any door. IF IT IS HOT, DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. If it is not hot, brace yourself behind the door and open it slightly. If heat or heavy smoke is present, close the door and stay in your room. KEEP LOW TO THE FLOOR.

If you cannot leave the room, seal the cracks around the door with wet towels or other materials. Call 911 and let them know your location and that you are unable to exit.

Open a window a few inches for fresh air and hang a white sheet or cloth out the window to alert the fire department of your location.

Close all other doors and windows in the vicinity of the fire.

Stay close to the window, holding a wet towel to your face; and do not open the windows except to alert rescue personnel by hanging a white sheet or cloth out the window.

No critical plant operations: are needed within the building prior to evacuation.

Assignment of personnel: Whittier Police provide emergency medical aid in conjunction with Whittier Fire department. Fire rescue and elevator rescue are performed by the local fire departments.

Emergency Responders: All staff are to strictly follow directions from any appointed emergency responders, whether it is a police officer or member of the fire department. Building facilities/maintenance and police personnel will assist the local fire department with building and room entry, locating alarm areas, as well as checking and operating fire alarm control panels. Failure to cooperate may result in disciplinary action by the university. Failure to evacuate a building or location may result in criminal complaint or arrest.

Before a Fire Emergency-planning

Keep your most important personal belongings readily accessible, especially keys to your home and vehicle, pocketbook, wallet, medications and appropriate clothing for outside assembly. You may not be able to return to the building for an extended period!

Know the location of the nearest available fire alarm pull stations in the building where you are located and how to activate them. Fire alarm pull stations have self-inscribed instructions.

Know the location of at least two of the nearest available exits from your area. Do not include elevators!

Do not use elevators in case of emergency they may not work!

Know the locations of the nearest available fire extinguishers in your area. (Note: building occupants are not required to fight fires)

Participate in fire drills and take them seriously.

Be aware of persons in your area who would have difficulty evacuating due to physical limitations during an evacuation.

Description of Audible Alarm: The alert tone throughout office at this time is a horn/strobe alarm.

Fire Evacuations: Occupants with Disabilities

Attempting to carry an immobilized person is discouraged. If a fire alarm is activated, the following procedures should be followed at all times:

The disabled occupant or guardian assigned to the disabled occupant should call 911 to notify Police of their location. If a phone is not readily available, the disabled occupant or guardian assigned to the disabled occupant should ask a messenger to communicate their location to the Police or Fire Department.

Blind but mobile persons should first be moved out of the rush of traffic and then promptly assisted to the nearest exit.

Deaf but mobile persons, who may be unaware of the need to evacuate, should be calmly advised and guided to the nearest available exit.

Temporarily immobilized persons, including people wearing casts and/or using canes or crutches, should be assisted, depending on their ability to go up and down stairs and maneuver through doorways. Proceed into the stairwell and wait on the landing until additional help can be summoned.

Permanently immobilized persons who have either limited or no use of their legs and must rely on crutches, wheelchairs or walkers for transport should proceed into the nearest available safe stairwell and wait on the landing until additional help can be summoned. The Police and/or the local fire department will arrive to help complete the evacuation.

If there are any questions/comments regarding this action plan, please direct them to the Program Director