CfDC Minutes — October 7, 2015

Attending: Anna Ercoli. Schnitzer, serving as chair; Chris Brenner (invited guest speaker), Patricia Anderson, Bonnie Dede, Debbie Hire, Jane Vincent, Brandon Werner, Donna Omichinski, Janet Keller, Leon Howard, Kao Young Thao, Joni Smith, Jim Eng, Carolyn Rodgers, Scott Williams, Lloyd Shelton, Carolyn Grawi, Paul Guttman, Megan

Introduction were made.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Jane distributed Jill’s flyers about race; Patricia reported blood drive, organ donors and Stephanie Rosen’s webinar, Janet described Depression Center events including upcoming screening, Leon told about the allies retreat and the race and ability event on the 14th/15th of October, Carolyn reported the Oct 28th happening with dining at Pizza House and percentage going to CIL, Patricia announced the comics graphics event coming up as part of Investing in Ability, Donna asked whether we have Young Adults and Michigan Alliance for Families on our mailing list (we don’t). Anna promoted the Army-Navy Game and praised Gerald Hoff, its creator and organizer (see attached game flyer and also the Investing in Ability schedule) NOTE: I will send out e-versions of any of the above events as I receive them.

PRESENTATION:

Chris Brenner of the OSEH staff and assistant Fire Marshall (formerly of the AAFD) gave a very complete, detailed report on fire safety measures at the U-M, including Area Rescue and Assistance that is required for all new construction, all renovations—on floors above ground level, with stairwells to be used for shelter by those who cannot leave the building. He walks each U-M building, disseminates fire safety pointers and codes to facilities and provides other relevant information, writes reports, and takes part in conducting fire drills.

He cautions that while he cannot legally ask for people to be carried out, the stair wells and the nearest exits (including emergency doors when there is an alarm) should be used. If there is an alarm for any reason (information as to why alarm sounded will be given later), leave the building or take shelter in a stairwell if you cannot leave. The smoke kills, not the fire, in most cases. Life is the first priority, not the building—save lives first. Stairwells cannot be too small or block egress.

Although emergency placards on not yet on every wall for areas of rescue, this is being worked on. There are drills for every building on campus, owned or rented by U-M and also in outlying clinics. New evacuation maps are 36 to 58 inches (Carole Dubritsky assisted greatly with this project) and are also in Braille. Mary Sue Coleman was very supportive. In dorms there are drills within specific times.

Life insurance actuaries value a human life at $6.4 million if you do everything possible to provide safety. Only 16% of the population has ever dealt with 911. People are often afraid to go out the doors marked “Emergency” when alarm sounds (out of habit, but that’s what they are for!). Extensive alarm testing occurs regularly with battery backup also tested. For weather emergencies, there is no equally good system in place yet. Only emails, SMS, and alarm panels in place right now.

Question: Who pays for stair chairs? [Carole: It is University policy not to purchase stair chairs. They are problematic for a number of reasons. We rely on the AAFD to utilize stair chairs.]

Paul added that it would be a good idea to orient new international students to the fire safety system. They come to campus early and may be from a different culture/system.