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Washington State University Evacuation Plans

Evacuation Plans

Evacuation Protocol

If an evacuation is issued, faculty and students will be notified through the use of alarms and strobe lights, announcements over loud speakers, in person emergency responder contact and/or emergency messaging (email, text, or phone call). The strobe lights and alarms used will be the same ones used to alert people of a fire. Some areas of the university will not have a loud speaker system, so alarms and emergency messaging will be heavily relied upon to convey evacuation information.

When it is possible to use loud speakers or emergency messaging, the outgoing messages will contain known information about what the threat is and which areas should be evacuated (this only applies if it is not a full evacuation).

In the case that the warning system is activated, the following are very important:

  • All faculty, staff, students, and visitors must evacuate immediately
  • Elevators cannot be used for evacuation
  • The building or floor safety officer will do the final check to make sure that everyone has left the building/floor
  • Once the safety officers have evacuated the building they will be the point of contact for the first responders already present.


Designated Meeting Areas

The buildings on campus each have a designated meeting area following evacuation. The underlined locations are the meeting places and the list that follows are the buildings, facilities, and residence halls directed to meet in those locations. The following are a list of designated meeting areas:


Rogers-Orton Playfield: Yakama Village, Chinook Village, Columbia Village, WSU Children’s Center, Orton Hall, Rogers Hall, the Stephenson Complex, Stauber Raptor Facility, Carver Farm, Olympia Ave Dorms, McEachern Hall, Southside Dining Rotunda, Kruegel Hall, Goldsworthy Hall, Gannon Hall.

Grimes Way Playfield: Wegner, McCoy, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Bustad, Animal Disease Biological Facility, Global Animal Health School, Horse Barn, L.J. Smith Building, PACCAR Environmental Technology Building, Agronomy Seed House, USDA Research Building, All Greenhouses, French Administration, Lighty Student Services, Lewis Alumni Center, Ensminger Pavilion.

Blue Lot on Grimes & Wilson: Cooper Publications, Motor Pool, McCluskey Services, Receiving and Delivering, Creamery Annex, Surplus Store, Recycling Facility, Anthropology Storage, Materials Storage, University Stores, Supply Storage, Veterinary Shelters, Incinerator, Engineering Storage, Compost Facility, Housing Storage, Food Services, Feed Plant.

WSU Arboretum Parking Lot: Goat Barn, Cattle Feeding Lab, Cattle Feeding Lab Annex, Environmental Health Services, Bear Facility, Lab Animal Facility, Beef Barn. Steffen Center.

South Fairway Intramural Playfield: Golf Course, Banyans, Dodgens Research Facility, Valley Crest Village, Plant Introduction Station, Food Science and Nutrition Building, Food Quality Building, Animal Science Building, Clark Hall, Animal Lab, Hulbert Hall, Teaching greenhouses.

Bailey-Brayton Field: Student Recreation Center, Outdoor Recreation, Indoor Practice Facility, Beasley Coliseum.

Martin Stadium: Biotechnology Life Sciences Building, Veterinary Medical Research Building, Vogel Hall, Johnson Hall, Hollingbery Fieldhouse, Football Operations, Perham Hall, Resident Life and Housing Services, Streit Hall, Northside, Museum of Art, Safety/Police, Smith Education Center, College Hall, Todd, Wilson-Short, Johnson Tower, Troy, Fulmer, Holland Library, Terrell Library, Compton Union.

Rogers Field: Bohler Athletic Complex, Physical Education Building, Smith Gym, Stimson Hall, Webster, Niell, Waller, Kimbrough Music Building, Van Doren Hall, Stevens Hall, Avery, Bryan Hall, Jackson, Murrow, Scott-Coman, Global Scholars, McGregor, Barnard, Regents, Stearns, Northside.

Lower Soccer Field: All Greek Houses, All heritage houses, Duncan-Dunn, Community, Wilmer-Davis.

Red 3 Parking Lot on Spring Street: President’s Residence, Albrook Hydrology Lab, Sloan, Dana, Engineering Teaching Lab, Engineering Lab, Thermal Fluids Lab, College Avenue Steam Plant.

Green Lot 2 on Columbia & Idaho: Owen, Cleveland, Education Addition, Washington, Health and Wellness Center, Eastlick, Abelson, Heald, Math Learning Annex, Daggy, Carpenter, Morrill, Goertzen, Thompson, Honors Hall, McCroskey Hall.



Evacuation Routes

Depending on the size and scale of the disaster or emergency, there are evacuation routes that can be taken out of the City of Pullman. Possible evacuation routes include:

  • Highway 27 north towards Palouse
  • Highway 195 north towards Colfax or south towards Lewiston
  • Highway 270 east towards Moscow, ID
  • Highway 194 west towards Almota