Evacuation for People With Disabilities

Establish a Buddy System.

Assign personnel to assist during an evacuation.  Identify individuals with disabilities and people assigned to assist them during an evacuation. Faculty and staff are responsible for identifying any students(s)/employee(s) with a disability that would need consideration and assistance during an evacuation. At least two (2) people should be assigned to each person with a disability to ensure the person will be assisted during the evacuation.  

Identify and plan for individuals with functional needs.

Request that individuals who feel they may need assistance to self-identify so arrangements can be made in advance.  Ask that they identify the observable and unobservable disabilities such as asthma, back problems, and cardiac conditions.   

Prepare for Evacuation.

Identify appropriate evacuation procedures and routes.  Inform UPD of need for evacuation chairs for those not on the ground floor.  Practice these procedures.  If the disabled person cannot use the fire exit stairwells, they must be escorted to the exit stairwell landing as a “Safe Point of Rescue." The escort should remain with the disabled person at the landing to provide additional assistance. The faculty or staff member or instructor will inform an authorized emergency responder that a disabled person is waiting for rescue on the specified floor within the exit stairwell.

Hearing and Visually impaired.

Communicate the nature of the evacuation verbally or in writing (FIRE!).  Read KatSafe message aloud or show them the message if they were not alerted.  Ensure that a service animal is not separated from its master.  

Helping those in Wheelchairs.

Do not lift individual in a wheelchair.  Always ask the person their needs and preferences regarding ways of being moved and areas of pain.  Ask others to bring the wheelchair and reunite the person with the chair as soon as possible.