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Evacuation of Persons with Limited Mobility | Special Needs Steps

 

In an emergency, please dial 911

 

To ensure personal safety in emergency situations, the following guidelines should be observed by students with disabilities in advance of an emergency. Notify instructors and/or classmates of the type of assistance you need during an emergency situation.

 

In the event of a fire, immediate and complete evacuations are preferred if it can be accomplished in a safe manner. If immediate and complete evacuation is not possible, ask someone to assist you to a safe area, such as an enclosed stairwell, until emergency personnel arrive and complete evacuation.

 

The assisting individual should stay with you until emergency personnel arrive. In addition, you should ask a second person to immediately notify emergency personnel of your location and the type of assistance required. 

 

In the event of a tornado warning, you should immediately proceed to the lowest floor of the building. Request assistance from instructors or classmates if assistance is needed. Once you

have reached the lowest possible floor, remain in the corridors away from windows and exterior doors. Areas of Severe Weather Refuge are the preferred locations to seek shelter if there is time.  

 

Pre-planning is essential to a safe evacuation. If you are a person who has special needs, know your needs and consider what you would do in an emergency. If you need to be evacuated, help yourself and rescuers by providing them with information about your needs and the best ways to assist you, since people may not be aware of your circumstances or how to help. 

 

This can be accomplished by self-identifying to Student Disability Services 405-744-7116. Students living in residence halls should tell their hall staff and identify a place to meet in the event of an emergency.

 

A good guide that details questions to ask yourself and items to collect is available at:

https://www.preparenow.org/eqtips.html.

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