Emergency procedures

Emergency procedures

Earthquake response and evacuation procedures

1. During an earthquake, remain calm.

  • If inside – stay inside and take cover under desks or in doorways, cover your head with your arms or adopt the 'turtle position'.
  • Keep away from windows or objects that could fall.
  • If outside – stay outside and take shelter clear of buildings, trees, power lines or anything that could fall on you.

2. When the earthquake stops, remain inside and return to your previous activities unless:

  • the fire alarms are ringing,
  • there has been a loss of electricity,
  • electrical fittings and/or other building materials and/or furniture has fallen.

If so evacuate the building and go to one of the designated assembly points listed below.

Christchurch - Madras Street campus:

I. Madras Street car park

II. Barbadoes Street car park

III. The grassed area between U Block and St Asaph Street.

Christchurch - Ensors Road:

Outside the Student Services Building (Ensors Road side)

Staff are to ensure persons with mobility disabilities remain accompanied in a safe location, and Facilities Management are advised immediately so these persons can be safely removed from the building.

3. Information notices will be erected at the designated earthquake assembly points to provide advice

These will advise as to whether:

I. To resume business as usual and re-enter buildings or

II. CPIT is closing in which case all students and non-critical staff must leave both campuses immediately

4. For those building occupants who have not evacuated, a 'CPIT dispatch' will be posted once a decision has been made to advise whether it is business as usual or CPIT is closed. Therefore those remaining in the buildings should check their emails until a 'CPIT dispatch' is posted and act according to the instruction.

5. Should an event occur outside normal office hours, which necessitates the building to be evacuated, occupants of that building should not re-enter, but consider that building closed for the remainder of that day.

Fire response and evacuation procedures

Raising the fire alarm

To raise the alarm, please call 9 999 or 1 111 and advise details

Only attempt to put out a fire if it is safe to do so

When the alarm rings

  • Evacuate the building by the nearest emergency exit. This will be clearly marked Fire Exit.
  • Walk calmly.
  • Keep out of elevators - move quickly down the stairwells
  • Leave your personal belongings from any part of the building.
  • Leave lights on.
  • Close windows and doors if safe to do so.
  • Turn off any potentially dangerous processes or machinery if applicable.

Fire safety

When you are working or studying in an area please familiarise yourself with:

  • The nearest fire alarm, the position of fire extinguishers and hose reels in the building.
  • Have a close look at the equipment and familiarise yourself with how to use it.
  • Keep all exit ways clear at all times.
  • Ensure that smoke stop doors are kept closed and never wedged open.
  • Follow the Building Warden's instructions (will be wearing a high-vis jacket).
  • Detail any hazards the Emergency Services may face, such as dangerous goods or chemicals.