What to do when the emergency alarm sounds

Alert tone (‘beep, beep’)

On hearing the Alert tone, you should:

  • check your area for fire, smoke or other abnormal situations
  • await further instructions relayed over the public address system, or from the floor warden or wardens (members of the emergency control organisation)
  • prepare yourself to evacuate the building e.g. commence shutdown of work by saving any computer files you are working on, switch off electrical appliances, close gas valves and make the area safe to leave (if safe to do so)
  • commence evacuation if there is immediate danger.

You are not required to evacuate unless instructed to do so by an announcement made over the public address system, a direction from the floor warden or wardens (members of the Emergency Control Organisation), a direction from RMIT Campus Safety and Security, or a direction from the attending Emergency Service.

Listen to an example of the Alert tone (Wav, 758kb)

Evacuate tone (‘whoop, whoop, whoop’)

On hearing the Evacuate tone or if directed to evacuate by the floor warden or wardens (members of the Emergency Control Organisation) you should:

  • proceed to evacuate the building via the marked exits and stairs
  • proceed to evacuate in an orderly fashion to the Assembly Area indicated on the evacuation diagrams
  • follow the directions from announcements made over the public address system, the directions from the floor warden or wardens (members of the Emergency Control Organisation), the directions from RMIT Campus Safety and Security, or the direction from the attending Emergency Service.


Listen to an example of the Evacuate tone (Wav, 852kb)

Listen to an example of the new international standard Temporal-Three alarm Evacuate tone (Wav, 87kb)

Do not:

  • carry occupant(s) with disabilities down stairs or escalators
  • use lifts or escalators to evacuate the building except when instructed to do so by the attending Emergency Service, RMIT Campus Safety and Security or by a member of the Emergency Control Organisation
  • congregate outside the building entrances unless instructed to do so by an announcement made over the public address system, a direction from the Floor Warden or Wardens (members of the Emergency Control Organisation), a direction from RMIT Campus Safety and Security, or a direction from the attending Emergency Service
  • re-enter the building until advised that it is safe to return to the building by the attending Emergency Service, RMIT Campus Safety and Security or by a member of the Emergency Control Organisation
  • carry on with business - this causes delays, which may put your life and those of others in danger if the emergency is not controlled
  • try to contact anyone to find out what is going on - this congests the telephone system and hampers control of the emergency.

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