Emergency Evacuation Procedures
Faculty and supervisory staff with disabled people under their direction shall meet with them as soon as possible after introduction of these people to the College to discuss evacuation procedures in case of fire or other emergency.
Evacuation of disabled people who are otherwise ambulatory, such as blind or hearing impaired, should take place normally with other building occupants. These people can benefit from an escort and should be provided one from within the class or work area. It should be noted that a blind person familiar with a building might have superior ability to escape through smoky conditions than a sighted person.
Evacuation of people who are dependent upon equipment for their mobility should not use elevators unless directed to do so by the fire department. As stairs are often times difficult if not impossible to traverse, these individuals must be protected in place awaiting the arrival of the fire department.
Individuals that cannot evacuate the building due to these mobility problems should proceed to the nearest safe stairway in the building with a prearranged escort. Once the stairs have begun to clear of other evacuating people, enter the stairway and remain on the landing near the door with your escort. Make sure that your instructor, supervisor, or other reliable person has been advised prior to leaving the area that you are still in the building and where you are. They then, should notify arriving firefighters or police officers. Fire and police personnel will come to your location and either assist you in evacuation or provide you information regarding the necessity of any further action for your personal safety. If the stairway becomes smoke filled or unsafe before their arrival, move back into the building and proceed to another usable stairway. If no other stairway is available, find a room that is tenable, close the door and telephone the Safety and Security Department for help (911). If no telephone is available, try to wave a coat or similar large object out a window to gain attention.
Faculty and staff who have mobility restricted individuals under their direction must make arrangements to notify security, police, and fire authorities of the location of these people within the involved building. This should be done in person outside of the building. This is critical to the procedure and the safety of these individuals.