Fire Evacuations: Occupants with Disabilities

Fire Evacuations: Occupants with Disabilities

It is required that University Police know of Faculty, Staff and student’s immobility, whether temporary or permanent. The Fire Safety Director maintains a list of immobile faculty, staff and students. The Human Resources Office and The Office of Counseling/Disabilities notify individuals of the option of being placed on the list. Self identification is voluntary and confidential. The campus police dispatcher receives an updated list each semester of all the occupants with disabilities and the designated areas of refuge. Personnel included on the list are met in person by the Fire Safety Director and given individual guidelines to follow along with a list of all buildings and areas of refuge within each building. Prior to an emergency evacuation of any kind, a partner should be assigned or chosen to accompany and remain with the disabled occupant. Attempting to carry an immobilized person is discouraged. If a fire alarm is activated, the following procedures should be followed at all times:

  • The disabled occupant or guardian assigned to the disabled occupant should call extension 911 to notify University Police of their location. If a phone is not readily available, the disabled occupant or guardian assigned to the disabled occupant should ask a messenger to communicate their location to the University Police or The Township of Union/Hillside Fire Department.
  • Visually impaired but mobile persons should first be moved out of the rush of traffic and then promptly assisted to the nearest exit.
  • Hearing impaired but mobile persons, who may be unaware of the need to evacuate, should be calmly advised and guided to the nearest available exit.
  • Temporarily immobilized persons, including people wearing casts and/or using canes or crutches, should be assisted, depending on their ability to go up and down stairs and maneuver through doorways. Proceed into the stairwell and wait on the landing until additional help can be summoned.
  • Permanently immobilized persons who have either limited or no use of their legs and must rely on crutches, wheelchairs or walkers for transport should proceed into the nearest available safe stairwell and wait on the landing until additional help can be summoned.
  • The University Police and/or the local fire department will arrive to help complete the evacuation.

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