VDFP’s State Fire Marshal’s Office Issues Emergency Evacuation Planning and Drills Guidance
for Pre K-12 and Colleges and Universities

RICHMOND – July 20, 2020 – As students and staff prepare for the return to Pre K-12 schools or institutions of higher learning, there are inherent challenges regarding the reentry procedures and how these procedures are influenced by emergency evacuation drills and lock down planning required by the Statewide Fire Prevention Code. The following guidance document serves as a reminder of the required fire and emergency evacuation drills to ensure the health and safety of all occupants and to provide guidance on areas to consider during the planning for these drills in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidance includes:

  • Emergency evacuation drill requirements
  • Lockdown plans
  • Planning considerations for safety executing emergency evacuation drill requirements
  • Related COVID-19 Q&A

Review the Emergency Evacuation Planning and Drills Fire Code and COVID-19 Guidance for
PreK-12 and Colleges and Universities