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7.15.04 Open Door Art Studio & Gallery – Whole Facility Evacuation


To ensure that all individuals and staff will be provided with a safe environment in the event of a severe weather condition or natural disaster that results in the need for the facility to totally evacuate the facility and grounds. 


If the need for total evacuation arises, the staff on duty will contact the Incident Hotline On-call.  The Incident Hotline will contact the Executive Director who will send messages to the CRT team.  The Maintenance Department and other available staff will be contacted to come to the location as needed to assist.  If the nature of the emergency prevents staff from getting to the facility, the local Fire Department and/or Sheriff’s Department will dictate further instructions to the available staff on the grounds.

Full facility emergency response evacuation drills will be conducted each year on a semi-annual basis.

Evacuation Routes

Staff will direct all participants and visitors to quietly and calmly evacuate through the nearest safe exit.  They will evacuate to the far side of the back parking lot.

  • A head count of all staff and participants will be taken upon evacuation and after arrival at the safe place.
  • Stay at the designated safe place until you are given the “All Clear Signal” by the Person-In-Charge of the emergency evacuation/drill.

Staff Responsibilities

Person-In-Charge: Open Door Art Studio & Gallery Program Director or designee.

  • Secure credit cards
  • Secure the emergency first aid kit
  • Secure the weather radio and emergency flashlight
  • Assist with and oversee evacuation procedures and progress
  • Take a head count/roll call to ensure everyone is accounted for.
  • Watch and time the evacuation to ensure the procedure is being done in an orderly manner.
  • After the evacuation, go through the building to ensure that everyone has evacuated.
  • Proceed to the back parking lot and have staff sign the evacuation in-service form, complete the full facility checklist, and return to the building.

In the event that the full facility evacuation is because of an actual severe weather condition or natural disaster that results in the need for the facility to totally evacuate the office and grounds; staff will take instructions from the local Fire Department and/or the local Police Department.

Loss of Facility

In the event of an emergency evacuation that results in the loss of services for an extended period of time, Open Door assures that essential services will continue with as little interruption as possible.

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery:

In the event of loss of services at the Grandview location, participant activities and training will be conducted at the 540 facility. For extended service needs, Open Door will contact local property management companies for assistance in leasing accessible facilities.

Signed by:

Rebecca Sharp Porter
Chief Executive Director

Last Revised: 11/13/23

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