Emergency Preparedness - Disabled Considerations

In the event of evacuation due to fire, earthquake, or other hazardous incident, all disabled persons should move toward the nearest exit.

A wheelchair occupant or other disabled person may attempt to use an elevator, EXCEPT IN CASE OF FIRE OR EARTHQUAKE. If you, as a wheelchair occupant or other disabled person, encounter an obstacle or obstruction such as a stairway or debris from falling objects, request the assistance of others in the area.

Wheelchair occupants or other disabled persons should, when possible, prepare for emergencies ahead of time by instructing a classmate or instructor on how best to assist you in case of an emergency. If assistance is not immediately available, the wheelchair occupant or other disabled person should remain in the exit corridor or on a stairwell landing and call for help until rescue assistance arrives. Persons who cannot speak loudly should carry a whistle or use other means to attract attention for assistance.

Visually impaired persons should learn their locations in advance and seek assistance as required in any emergency situation.