Evacuation of Disabled Persons

In the event of an emergency, everyone including disabled persons should observe the following procedures for evacuation:

  • All able-bodied persons shall move toward the nearest marked exit corridor and/or stairway. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR.
  • Disabled persons should seek refuge near the closest exit stairway and request assistance from others. Do not obstruct the stairway or door leading to the stairway. If the location becomes unsafe, move to different exit stairway and call for help until rescued.
  • Able-bodied persons should assist in the evacuation of the disabled. That assistance may be in the form of the following:
    1. Be familiar with the disabled persons who are routinely in your area.
    2. Inform hearing impaired/deaf persons that they should evacuate.
    3. Assist visually impaired/blind persons to an exit stairway.
    4. Assist persons in wheelchairs to a location close to an exit stairway.
    5. Inform University Police (Command Post outside building or call 911) of disabled persons located inside the building that you are unable to evacuate safely.
    6. In the extreme case where you must physically evacuate a disabled person, you should ask that person how to safely carry/assist them.

Evacuation chairs are provided in the following locations:

  • McCarthy Hall 144 - Fan room
  • Humanities 130 - Custodial Hopper Room
  • Library South - under stairs
  • Library Atrium - behind Information Service Desk
  • Library North - inside 'staff only' door behind reference desk
  • DBH - near Men's Restroom room 105
  • University Hall - South end First Floor lobby
  • Langsdorf Hall - South lobby
  • Visual Arts - Room 106
  • Engineering - First Floor North stairway
  • Computer Science - outside Women's restroom room 105
  • Education Classroom - Basement Southwest stairway
  • Performing Arts - Northeast entrance near room 156
  • College Park - 1st floor, behind security desk
  • TSU - Room 204

NOTE: It is suggested that disabled persons prepare for emergencies ahead of time by learning the locations of exit corridors and exit stairways, by planning an escape route, and by showing a classmate or instructor how to assist him/her in case of emergency. In addition, disabled persons who cannot speak loudly should carry a whistle or have some other means for attracting the attention of others.

All exit corridors and stairways are marked with exit signs and are protected with self-closing fire rated doors. These are the safest areas during an emergency. Rescue personnel will first check all exit stairways for trapped persons.

Reviewed: 4-2012tw