Legislative Assembly Areas
Legislative assembly areas are designated for when the State House needs to be evacuated. Those areas must be used in all situations when the building is evacuated. Personnel must report to their designated assembly area when they leave the building and must not loiter near the exits, parking areas or driveways. Being part of the headcount and not being in the way of emergency personnel are critical.
Regardless of the exit from which persons leave the State House, it is important that they report to their designated legislative assembly area so they may be accounted for.
Building Control is responsible for providing access to the Legislative Assembly Areas upon notification of the need to evacuate the State House for an extended period.
Designated Legislative Assembly Areas
Senators and all Senate Staff shall report to the atrium of the State Library. The Senate Sergeant at Arms is responsible for the Senate Assembly Area during an emergency and shall conduct a head count of all Senate personnel as soon as possible.
House Members and all House Staff shall report to the cafeteria in the basement of the Cross Office Building. The Clerk of the House is responsible for the House Assembly Area during an emergency and shall conduct a head count of all House personnel as soon as possible.
Nonpartisan Staff and Committee Clerks
All nonpartisan staff and committee clerks shall report to the lobby area on the 2nd floor of the Cross Office Building. The Director of OFPR is responsible for the Non-partisan Assembly Area during an emergency and shall conduct a head count of all non-partisan and committee clerk personnel as soon as possible.
Members of the Public
In the event of an extended State House evacuation, members of the public will be directed to leave the area of the State House in the safest manner possible. Should there be extenuating circumstances that would prevent members of the public from leaving the area safely; Capitol Police will take the necessary actions to provide safe shelter for these people until they can be safely evacuated.
Cross Office Building Legislative Areas
In the event of an evacuation of the Cross Office Building, the legislative assembly area for both the first and second floors is Parking Lot C. See the specific area listed on the Evacuation Plans for Legislative Facilities page.
Alternative Legislative Assembly Area
If the designated legislative assembly area is adversely affected by the incident, the alternative legislative assembly area will be the Department of Transportation building located at Capitol and Child streets across from Capitol Park.