Evacuating Disabled & Buildings

How and when to evacuate a building:

  • In case of Fire or when Fire Alarm sounds, evacuate the building in a safe, orderly fashion.
  • In case of an Earthquake, do not evacuate the building until the shaking stops.
  • In case of an Explosion, evacuate the building only if the explosion threatens the safety of students, faculty, or staff.
  • In case of a Bomb Threat, do not evacuate the building unless a suspicious object is observed. Wait for instructions from Campus Police or other campus officials.
  • Evacuate the building immediately upon order by Campus Police or other campus officials.
  • Any faculty or staff member may order the evacuation of an area or building when imminent danger to students, faculty, or staff occurs.
  • Evacuate the building to a predetermined assembly area. (See Emergency Campus Map. MC | OC | VC )

Evacuating Persons with Disabilities

Directions for evacuating persons with disabilities:

  • Faculty or staff should assign three (3) students to help evacuate each person in a wheelchair and two (2) students to help evacuate any persons with other disabilities, such as those who may be hearing or vision impaired.
  • Those who are wheelchair-bound should be carried from the building via stairway. If at all possible, leave the wheelchair behind, lifting the person using the two-man lock-arm method. Confer with the person as to the best way to assist him/her in the evacuation.
  • For sight-impaired persons, tell them about the nature of the emergency and offer to guide them . As you walk, tell them where you are and advise them of any obstacles. When you have reached safety, orient them as to where they are and remain with them as long as necessary.
  • For hearing-impaired persons, get their attention by writing them a note and let them know you will assist them for as long as possible.