Providing Assistance to People with Disabilities during an Emergency


Non-Ambulatory

The person in charge of each class, meeting or other activity must ensure that each person who is non-ambulatory receives assistance from two helpers. The helpers assist this person to proceed to the nearest safe exit or stairwell on that floor. One helper is to remain, while the other proceeds to the ground level exit to notify the fire department, police or campus security, which will complete the rescue. Elevators are not used unless specifically operated by fire fighting personnel.

Visually impaired

The person in charge of each class, meeting or other activity must ensure that the nature of the emergency is explained to the individual quickly and clearly. The person must then be guided to the nearest safe exit and provided any further assistance necessary.

Hearing impaired

The person in charge of each class, meeting or other activity must ensure that the nature of the emergency is explained by speaking slowly, clearly or by writing a note to the individual quickly and clearly. The person must then be guided to the nearest safe exit and provided any further assistance necessary.

University members are obligated to assist these community members, if they are on their own, during building evacuations and other emergencies.


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Page last update: 27 August 1998

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