Procedures for evacuation of people with special needs and disabilities Note: Students and Faculty and visitors need to be identified as someone needing assistance. North Greenville University cannot develop a specific plan for a specific person unless that person is identified as needing assistance. Although self-identification is the easiest method of identifying students with special needs for rapid exists in the event of a fire or another emergency evacuation, it is not the most comprehensive method to ensure that all special needs people are identified and a plan for evacuation is designed for them. It is necessary to contact and question all students upon their arrival on campus.

Special consideration must be given to handicapped students with regard to fire safety in residence halls. To be most effective, handicapped students should be required to evacuate the building during a fire exit drill regardless of their location in the building. Preplanning is key for the special needs and disability students because his/her own familiarity with the buildings, exits, and the safest methods of egress is vital. First responders should preplan by having designated individuals assigned to evacuate handicapped persons requiring assistance. First responders should be advised as to what buildings have handicapped students living in them. The handicapped person should also seek out buddies to assist in the evacuation and should explain all instructions beforehand. No one should be left behind during a fire exit drill or fire condition.

To facilitate evacuation, special needs and disabilities persons should be assigned to rooms on ground or egress level whenever possible. Rooms should be identified on the outside of the building with a distinctly coded sign to advise the fire department without distinguishing the student. If evacuation of a disabled person is not possible, he/she should return to the room, close the door or proceed to the nearest stairwell if possible and wait for the fire department rescue. For this reason, each residence hall should have a list of all handicapped students and their room location on file with the fire department.

These instructions are primarily for Community Directors, Resident Assistants and Building Supervisors in consideration of people with special needs:

1. Be aware of all students and other people who are physically disabled in the residence hall.

2. Know their physical limitations and all methods of transporting them in a quick and safe manner. Assign or have volunteers to accomplish the task.

3. Know all accesses and egresses to and from the building and the closest available exit to remove a person with disabilities from the building

4. If the person is hearing impaired, turn lights on and off to get their attention. To communicate to a hearing impaired person, use hand gestures or write a note and draw the evacuation route.

FACULTY, RESIDENT ASSISTANTS, AND SUPERVISORS SAFETY PLAN RESPONSIBILITIES: If the alert is to evacuate the building: 1. Faculty, Resident Assistants, and Supervisors should select one or two persons to lead others safely out of the building. 2. Faculty, Resident Assistants, and Supervisors are responsible for assigning two individuals per disabled person(s) during evacuation.


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