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Emergency & Evacuation - Bear Creek

Emergency Fire Procedures

If you are cooking and get smoke in your apartment, but there is no danger of an actual fire, do not open your door. If smoke gets into the halls, it will trigger a building-wide alarm. Just open your window and turn on bathroom fans to let the smoke out. If you do trigger a fire alarm, tell a Bear Creek staff member or the fire department immediately where the alarm was triggered. This will save the fire department time. Students must evacuate when the fire alarm sounds. Very few alarms are caused by equipment malfunction; therefore, every alarm must be taken seriously. UCPD may arrest or give tickets to residents who do not evacuate the building. It is important for you to use the exit nearest your room. Always use the stairs when evacuating. Elevators may become inoperable during a fire alarm. Gather together at least 20 feet from the building. Do not re-enter the building until the fire department notifies you that it is safe. If hallways are filled with smoke, remain close to the floor. The on-site staff will give any further instructions.

Flood Instructions

Never try to drive through a flooded area or standing water. Most people who die in floods are in their vehicles at the time. Never attempt to outrun a flood in your vehicle. Abandon the vehicle and climb to safety. If you are in a building located along Bear or Boulder Creek and hear the warning sirens sound, move to higher ground or to an upper floor immediately. People in Boulder may have only a few minutes warning that a flash flood is approaching. Stay tuned to local radio stations for information. Do not try to cross Bear or Boulder Creek when the warning sirens sound. If you are on the north side of Boulder Creek, proceed to higher ground to the north as quickly as possible. On East Campus, go to the ARC Building at 3100 Marine St., sixth floor. (Remember, warning sirens are tested at 10:00 a.m. the first Monday of every month from April through August.) Flood Season There are some areas in Boulder especially along Boulder Creek and along some sections of Bear Creek that may experience occasional and possibly severe out of bank flooding. The flood season runs typically from April through September although flooding could happen at any time of the year. Listen to local media radio and television outlets for flash flood watch and warning information as well as updates. The following is a list of possible notification phases that may be activated. · Increased Awareness Phase: Emergency Management Systems are activated and officials are carefully monitoring weather patterns and the stream systems for the potential of flash flooding. Typically, there will not be an announcement to the general public when this phase is initiated however a number of University of Colorado officials including Housing and Dining Services leadership will be notified of the potential situation. · Watch Phase: The watch phase is initiated when the National Weather Service issues a Flash Flood Watch that includes the city of Boulder. The Urban Drainage Flood Control District will likely also issue a Message Two Alert during this time. University Officials will be notified of the flash flood watch and should take the preparedness steps that have been predetermine to be triggered by a flash flood watch for the city of Boulder, unless personnel deem it is unsafe to do so. The general public will be notified that conditions exists that may cause flash floods in the city of Boulder. · Warning Phase: The Warning Phase is initiated when the National Weather Service issues a flash flood warning for the city of Boulder. A flash flood warning means that flash flooding is imminent in the area. The Urban Drainage and Flood Control Districts may also issue a Message Three Alert. Sirens along Boulder Creek will sound instructing persons to climb to higher ground. If you are in a Building where flooding is likely to occur, please move up to the second floor or above (unless you have been instructed to evacuate to another location) and remain there until you are notified that by officials that it is safe to leave.

Tornado Safety

Tornado Watch Means: “Heads Up”
The weather conditions in this part of the country suggest tornados may form. If a tornado watch is taking place, gather a radio and flashlight and be prepared to act quickly in case of a tornado warning. Listen for warnings on your battery operated radio on stations KOA 850AM, KBCO 1190AM, or 97.3FM, or KGNU 88.5 AM.

Tornado Warning Means: “Take Cover”
A tornado has actually been sighted or indicated by radar in the area. If a tornado warning is issued, take cover immediately! Go to the first floor internal hallways. Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls, especially those on the East side of the buildings. Do not attempt to close windows or watch/video the tornado! Falling and flying debris is the major cause of death and injury during a tornado – stay in place and take cover. Use mattresses or blankets to shield you from debris. If you cannot proceed 29 to a lower level, seek shelter in a bathroom in your apartment and use mattresses for protection. After the tornado passes, listen for the all clear message that will be heard on the radio. Another siren blast signals another warning, not an all-clear signal.