Evacuating Persons with Disabilities

Special consideration is required for evacuating individuals with a disability since they may require some direction or assistance in the event of an evacuation. Evacuation procedures are particularly important for an individual who has a physical disability such as blindness, visual impairment, deafness or some degree of hearing loss, restricted mobility or a debilitating medical condition.

In some situations, such as one involving a mobility impaired person in a wheel chair on an upper floor level, it may not be possible to be evacuated safely from the building. In these situations, the person must be assisted to a fire rated room that is away from smoke or fire, as close as possible to an exit. This could be a classroom or office. Preference should be given to rooms with two exits and a telephone for communicating directly with Security or the Fire Department. Contact Security in one of the following ways and give your location:

  • From an internal office phone, dial 55 to connect with Fennell, or Stoney Creek Campus Security
  • At the IAHS Campus, dial 88 to connect with IAHS Security.
  • Press the emergency button on the internal Bell pay phones to be connected with Security. Signs above these phones identify your location. Give this location to Security.
  • Use intercoms to connect with Security.

All staff, faculty and students must understand the procedures and know their specific responsibilities should an emergency situation arise.

Always ensure that any action you take does not put your life or the lives of your designates in danger.

Staff Responsibilities:

  • Inform your manager if you have a disability and require assistance so that an Individual Emergency Response Plan (downloads document, 72.1kb) may be prepared.
  • Ensure that no person with identified special evacuation needs is left behind in your working area or area of responsibility. Assist them to a safe location outside of the building if possible. In the event the person cannot be evacuated from the building, assist them to a fire rated room that is away from smoke or fire, as close as possible to an exit. This could be a classroom or an office. Preference should be given to rooms with two exits and a telephone for communicating with Security.
  • Notify Security and/or the Fire Department of the specific location of any individuals that were not evacuated but that were assisted to a place of safety.
  • Refer to the Emergency Safety Security Procedures (opens PDF, 1.3mb) booklet for more information.
  • Familiarize yourself with the campus at which you are located to determine which emergency features are available.

Faculty Responsibilities:

  • At the beginning of every semester or new class, assign 2-3 peer helpers per class section, as designates, to assist students who identify that they will require special evacuation assistance.
  • In circumstances where the individual has not identified the need for special assistance, but is in apparent need, ask the individual directly if he/she requires assistance and assist him/her to a point of evacuation.
  • Encourage students who have not identified themselves to make contact with Accessible Learning Services.
  • Refer to the Emergency Safety Security Procedures (opens PDF, 1.3mb) booklet for more information.
  • Familiarize yourself with the campus at which you are located to determine which emergency features are available.

Student Responsibilities:

  • At the beginning of every semester, or upon starting a new class, introduce yourself to the person in charge of each class, and advise whether special evacuation assistance is required.
  • Identify yourself Accessible Learning Services to review procedures and/or to facilitate communication with faculty regarding special evacuation assistance.
  • Review the current Emergency Safety Security Procedures (opens PDF, 1.3mb) booklet available in hardcopy and on the College website.

Notes:

  1. Do not use elevators to evacuate a person with a disability.
  2. Do not leave a person with a disability behind to wait for rescue/evacuation except where the nature of the emergency absolutely requires such action.
  3. In the event a person cannot be evacuated from the building, assist them to a fire rated room that is away from smoke or fire, as close as possible to an exit. This could be a classroom or office. Preference should be given to rooms with two exits and a telephone for communicating directly with Security or the Fire Department.
  4. Notify Security and/or the Fire Department of the specific location of any individuals that were not evacuated but that were assisted to a place of safety.
  5. If you are located on a floor without access to the outside, contact Security in one of the following ways and give your location:
    • From an internal office phone, dial 55 to connect with Fennell, or Stoney Creek Campus Security
    • At the IAHS Campus, dial 88 to connect with IAHS Security.
    • Press the emergency button on the internal Bell pay phones to be connected with Security. Signs above these phones identify your location. Give this location to Security.
    • Use intercoms to connect with Security.
  6. Familiarize yourself with the campus at which you are located to determine which emergency features are available.