Evacuation Guide for People with Physical Disabilities

If you have a temporary or permanent disability that might prevent your prompt and safe evacuation from a building, you need to do some additional planning to ensure your safety during an evacuation. The planning steps identified below will; (1) ensure that you are familiar with accessible exit routes and other safety features of the building, (2) recruit the assistance of coworkers, colleagues or others to assist you during the evacuation, and (3) ensure that emergency response personnel know that you may need additional assistance to evacuate the building.

Planning Steps:
  • Identify primary and secondary routes to exits, stairwells or other safe areas of refuge that can provide protection from smoke or fire.
  • Locate building phones, fire alarm pull stations, police call boxes or cell phones that can be used to call University Police in the event of an emergency.
  • Establish a buddy system with a coworker or other colleague who can assist you during an evacuation.
  • Train your buddy on the best way that they can assist you during an evacuation.
  • Contact the EH&S Fire Safety group. The Fire Safety group will assist you in your planning efforts and notify emergency responders of specific needs that you may have.
During an Evacuation:
  • When the alarm sounds you should immediately prepare to evacuate the building.
  • Obtain assistance from your buddy and exit the building using the primary or secondary exit routes identified in your pre-plan.
  • If you are unable to exit the building, seek refuge in the safe area of refuge identified in your pre-plan.
  • Call University Police at (631) 632-3333 or 911 and let them know that you are proceeding to the stairwell or area of refuge designated in your pre-plan.
  • Advise your buddy or others who may be assisting you to continue to evacuate once you have reached your area of refuge. They should summon and advise emergency responders of your location.
  • While you are waiting, position yourself so that your body is as close to the floor as possible.
Related Documents:
For additional evacuation information, please view the following documents:

Note: If you have any questions about this guide or require additional assistance, please contact Fire Safety.


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