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Disability Evacuation Procedures

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Individuals with Disabilities Evacuation Procedure

Individuals with disabilities may need assistance during an evacuation. However, permission should be obtained from the individual before assistance is provided.

Mobility Impaired

  1. During an emergency evacuation, elevators should not be used to move individuals with disabilities.
  2. Seek volunteers to assist the individual to the nearest enclosed stairway or designated area.
  3. One person should remain with the individual if it is safe to do so.
  4. One person should advise emergency personnel of the individual's location so the evacuation can be completed.
  5. If immediate evacuation is necessary because of life safety concerns, find volunteers to assist in the evacuation of the individual. Evacuate the individual per his or her instructions.
  6. Ask what type of assistance the individual will need after evacuation.

Visually Impaired

  1. Communicate the nature of the emergency.
  2. Ask if the individual would like assistance.
  3. Offer your arm for guidance.
  4. Tell the individual where you are going and advise them of obstacles along the way.
  5. Once out of the building, orient them to their surroundings, and ask if further assistance is needed.

Hearing Impaired

  1. Do not assume the individual can hear the fire alarm or that he or she will know what to do by watching others.
  2. Turn the lights on and off to get the individual's attention.
  3. Provide the individual with directions using gestures or through a note.