Can all campus buildings be tested at once? No.
Can you tell me what time my building will have the drill?
Only if you are in the first building on the list to be tested. Fire
drills are conducted starting at a certain time and go building by
building from there. Each building takes an unknown amount of time to
conduct the drill because it all depends on how quickly people evacuate,
the size of the building (i.e., number of floors), any issues
encountered when running the drill, etc.
Why do we hold fire drills?
Per UW System Campus Fire Exit Drill Policy, "all educational buildings
on campus must hold one fire drill per year ..." To ensure effective
campus evacuations it is necessary to conduct fire drills while classes
are in session.
What do I do when the fire alarm sounds?
- Immediately evacuate building using nearest uninvolved exit. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. Close doors and windows as you leave. Take your personal property.
users and people unable to exit via stairs should enter an enclosed
stairwell and close the door. If possible, call 715-346-3456 to alert
Police and Security of your location. If this were an actual fire,
firefighters would check the stairwells of the building and evacuate
- If you are teaching a class when the fire alarm sounds, instruct students to evacuate the building using the nearest fire exit. Remind students to take all personal property with them. Ensure all students in your class have evacuated before exiting.
- Do not return to building until a Police or Security officer gives the all clear. Cessation of the fire alarm does not indicate an “All Clear."