Paul College Emergency Preparedness

Paul College Safety Committee

The Paul College Safety Committee is an initiative born out of the Dean’s Staff Advisory Committee and with support of the Dean. The committee seeks to address areas of concern regarding safety, and to provide resources to faculty/staff enabling employees to become knowledgeable in the event of an emergency in the Paul College building. The Safety Committee seeks to provide faculty/staff with various safety training sessions as needed.

Committee Members

Ashley Lapp*, Chair Karie Fisher* Lisa Pappajohn*
Dan Remar*, Vice Chair Carl Lindblade Tom Trela*
Jason Cannon*   (*CPR/AED certified)


“ - Keep calm

  • If you are responsible for announcing an evacuation, give clear, loud and succinct instructions.
  • Assist persons with walking or mobility disabilities to the first floor and to an Assembly Area and call for help.
  • Instructors should lead their students and remain together.
  • Emergency coordinators and leaders should check rooms on their way out.
  • Follow the evacuation routes as posted.
  • Assemble at the designated Assembly Area.
  • Emergency coordinators, leaders and instructors should account for faculty, staff and students at designated Assembly Areas.
  • Do not reenter the building until responding emergency personnel (i.e. police or fire) announce that it is safe to do so.

Following an evacuation, there are two exterior Assembly Areas for Paul College occupants to meet at, as listed below. Assembly Areas are identified on the evacuation route maps and are assigned by floor.

- Sidewalk in front of Stoke Hall
- Across Courtyard at Health Services

Building EC, Floor Leaders, and instructors are responsible for accounting for faculty, staff, students and visitors at their designated Assembly Areas. Instructors and Floor Leaders will notify the Building EC of any persons not accounted for.” 

- excerpt taken from Paul College Emergency Action Plan

It is a violation of UNH policy to not evacuate the building when an alarm sounds.

Building Emergency Coordinator: Tom Trela

Assistant Building Emergency Coordinator: Ashley Lapp

Floor Leaders:
Donna Aube, G15 (Cornerstone)
Lisa Pappajohn, 101D
Kevin Poliquin, 163
Jason Cannon, 270L
Paul Harvey, 260E
Laura Hill, 360H
Steve Ciccone, 355E
Dan Remar, 317
Heather Smith, 238
Karie Fisher, 310Q (Dean’s Suite)

Each floor in Paul College has its own evacuation route. In the event of an emergency, drill, or evacuation from Paul College, please exit the building following the evacuation route nearest to you. All evacuation routes lead building occupants to one of two designated Assembly Areas outside Paul College: Stoke Hall or Health Services. Please also note the designated Areas of Rescue in Paul College (the landing area on Floors 1, 2, and 3 of the stairwell closest to the elevators) in the event that you cannot make it down the stairs to exit the building.

Check back in for other campus training sessions that my be offered.

Questions or Inquiries? 

Please contact Ashley Lapp at

Under the general direction of the Chief of Police, the Emergency Management Division coordinates emergency planning initiatives for the University. The Emergency Management Division also serves as a Liaison to local Police, Fire and EMS Departments as well as local hospital emergency departments. The division serves as the liaison to State of NH Homeland Security & Emergency Management as well as to Federal Partners.

The division oversees the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) program for the University.  It is responsible for the placement and upkeep of all AEDs on UNH properties. It also assists in the instruction of CPR and AEDs.

“In the event of an evacuation, the Building EC and Floor Leaders should be aware of persons with disabilities who work in their areas or are students or visitors.  Although some disabilities are evident, many are not.  An evacuation procedure should be prearranged between the disabled individuals and people who will be assisting them.  When developing and implementing an evacuation procedure, the following information should be considered:

  • Self-closing fire-rated doors protect all exit corridors and stairwells. These are the safest areas during an emergency. Do not use elevators as a means for evacuation. 
  • For individuals unable to use the stairs to evacuate, designated “Areas of Refuge” are located in the North Stairwells floors 1, 2, and 3. Emergency phones are located in these areas for persons to call for assistance. 
  • Do not carry an individual unless trained to do so or danger is imminent.
  • For visually impaired persons, offer your arm for guidance and explain the situation and where you are taking them.
  • For hearing impaired persons, write a quick note explaining the situation and what to do.
  • For individuals with an anxiety or panic disorder use a calm voice to explain the situation and personally guide them to safety.

Persons in wheelchairs:

- Should be able to exit safely from the ground floor.

- Do not attempt to lift a person from their wheelchair. Lifting them may be dangerous to their well-being and yours."

-excerpt taken from Paul College Emergency Action Plan