Parsons Hall Emergency Operations Plan

All of the emergency situations outlined in the EOP have the potential for an evacuation.

This is a quick checklist only. Please review the full EOP for complete information. UNH policies on evacuation are specific to the incident and identified in the subsequent sections.

Parsons Hall Emergency Operations Plan – QUICK REFERENCE LIST

Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)




All Evacuations

There are four exterior Assembly Areas for Parsons Hall occupants to meet at, as listed below. Evacuate in a calm and organized manner.   

  1. Iddles (Chem Library, Lecture Halls etc)  - Meet at Babcock Hall volleyball court area
  2. North Wing & Upper West Wing – Meet at Kingsbury Terrace
  3. Lower West Wing, Southwest Wing – Meet at sidewalks on McDaniel Drive.
  4. Southeast Wing (Gen Chem/Orgo Labs) – Meet at Babcock Hall, volleyball court area or Tree area on McDaniel Drive
Parsons Hall evacuation routes

Power Outage Emergencies

A power outage in Parsons Hall can result in hazardous conditions in the laboratories and eventually throughout the building.  If the power does not return within 10 minutes, evacuate the building.  The Building Emergency Coordinator with the assistance of the Wing and Floor Leaders will make a verbal announcement to evacuate. 

Secure the Lab before Evacuation, if possible:

  • Discontinue all work in fume hoods and cap all open containers.
  • Close hood sashes, lab refrigerators and freezers.
  • Switch off equipment and heat sources that should not run unsupervised when the power returns.
  • Make sure experiments are stable and will not create uncontrolled hazards while unattended.

Extended power outages in Parsons Hall require a full building evacuation. Fire Doors will automatically close. No re-entry into the building until 20 MINUTES after the power is returned to the building. This gives the air handling systems time to clear the air. The Emergency Coordinator, Wing and Floor Leaders will provide notification when it is safe to return to the building.

  • After returning to the building, check equipment and reset/restart equipment as necessary.
  • Check that fume hoods are operating properly.
  • Recalibrate and reprogram equipment as necessary.
  • Notify EHS with any issues: 603-862-4041

Catastrophic Emergencies

UNH Fire/Police dispatch will be notified – CALL 911. 

The Chief of the Durham Fire Department is responsible for disaster and emergency response. 

The Director of Environmental Health & Safety, or his/her designee, serves as the coordinator for all biological and chemical spills/emergencies. Call Brad Manning, Director of EH&S at 862-2571