Emergency Evacuation Procedures for Persons with Disabilities
Students with disabilities in your classrooms should be notified of this policy.
Students or others with disabilities on the first floor of any building should be given assistance as needed to evacuate the building with everyone else.
The following procedures should be followed for people who are mobility impaired or use wheelchairs who are in the basement or second floor or above.
- Take person to a safe area, preferably near a stairwell.
- Have someone stay with the person.
- Assign someone to inform emergency personnel where the person with a mobility impairment is in the building.
- Do not attempt to evacuate the person unless there is imminent danger of death or injury and no alternative safe area is available, in which case, use whatever means and assistance is available to get the person to safety with minimum injury to you or the person with a disability. Allow the firefighters to establish whether there is imminent danger before attempting to evacuate the person with a mobility impairment. There is a stair climber located in Crestview Hall that can be used in cases of extreme emergency. The individual with a mobility impairment is the best authority as to how to be moved out of the building.
- If a person is visually impaired, escort the person out of the building by having them hold on to your elbow. Inform them of steps.
- If a person is hearing impaired, make sure they know that there is an emergency and that they follow everyone out of the building.