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Emergency Evacuation Assistance

Emergency assistance for evacuations refers to the need for a student to receive help in exiting the building in the event of an emergency.

Students with certain disabilities may require assistance in evacuation due to issues of vision, hearing, mobility, mental health, or difficulty handling stress. Faculty or staff will need to make sure that students are provided with needed assistance to exit the building in the event of an evacuation. Such assistance may include ensuring students are awakened, directing to safe exit routes, or physically assisting those with mobility issues.

Responsibilities


Student

Students are responsible for notifying the services for students with disabilities office if they require emergency evacuation assistance.

Faculty

Faculty are responsible for providing emergency evacuation assistance to students when it is required in the classroom.

Administration

It is the responsibility of the services for students with disabilities office to notify housing and residential services if a student needs emergency evacuation assistance. Housing and residential services are responsible for organizing and implementing an emergency evacuation assistance plan for students.

Resources

Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Gross Upper) : Students who are unable to open doors may need assistance in an emergency to guarantee they can evacuate dangerous areas.

Motor Skill (Gross Lower) : Students may have difficulty evacuating a building in an emergency if elevators are disabled or if there are large crowds of people.

Breathing Difficulty : Students who are unable to travel long distances quickly or who might have respiratory distress may need assistance in an emergency evacuation.

Inability to Stay Awake : Students with sleep disorders should have assistance in emergencies to make sure that they are awake and able to evacuate safely.

Seizures : Students who are prone to seizures may need assistance evacuating in emergency situations, especially if alarms or flashing lights may trigger seizures.

Low Vision : Emergency evacuation assistance may be necessary for students if they are unable to quickly process visual information in order to safely evacuate.

Blindness : Emergency evacuation assistance may be necessary for students who are unable to process visual information in order to safely evacuate.

Hearing Loss : Emergency evacuation assistance is necessary for students who are unable to hear alarms or verbal directions and will not see visual alarms while sleeping.

Deafness : Emergency evacuation assistance is necessary for students who are unable to hear alarms or verbal directions and will not see visual alarms while sleeping.

Anxiety : Emergency evacuation assistance is necessary for students who might not react appropriately to emergency alarms or warnings.

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