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.
- Mohawk College requires that all employees self-identify to their manager if they have a disability and require assistance so that Individual Emergency Response Plan (downloads document, 72.1kb) may be prepared as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
- Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Accessible Learning Services at Mohawk College to have an individual evacuation plan developed.
- Once you self-identify, a personal emergency response plan will be prepared for you as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act. Further resource information regarding these plans can be found in the "Integrated Accessibility Standards Toolkit for Ontario Colleges (opens PDF, 306.2kb).
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.