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Evacuation of Disabled Persons

If you are disabled

  • Be aware of persons in your area who could assist you.
  • If you cannot speak loudly, carry a whistle or other object to help you attract attention.
  • Give clear instructions as to your needs and preferences.

To help disabled persons

  • Ask disabled person if he or she needs help. Do not move the person unless they have given you permission.
  • Move person up or down stairs only if necessary for life safety.
  • Do not use elevator during fire or earthquake. If nature of emergency is not known, assume it to be a fire.
  • Assist the disabled person to the nearest and safest exit or safe area, usually the stairway to the ground floor.
  • Assist person to designated assembly area.
  • Alert emergency personnel to the location of the disabled person.


Visually impaired persons
In an emergency, tell the person the nature of the emergency and offer to guide him/her. As you walk, tell the person where you are and advise of any obstacles. When you have reached safety, orient the person to where he/she is and ask if any further assistance is needed.

Hearing impaired persons
Persons with impaired hearing may not perceive emergency alarms and an alternative warning technique is required. Warning methods include writing a note about the emergency and evacuation route or turning the light switch on and off. Then indicate through gestures or writing what is happening and what to do.

Persons using crutches, canes or walkers
Ask if the person needs assistance to evacuate. Offer to guide him/her to the emergency exit. If necessary, carrying options include using a two-person lock arm position or having the person sit in a sturdy chair, preferably one with arms and drag the chair out of the building. Move person up or down stairs only if necessary for life safety.

Persons in wheelchairs
Wheelchairs may have parts not intended for lifting. Batteries or life support equipment may be connected. Lifting the person could be harmful. Ask the person how you can help. Determine if the person wants to be removed from the chair. Determine if the person wants to be carried down a flight of stairs; forward or backward. Ask what type of assistance he/she will need after evacuation. Move person up or down stairs only if necessary for life safety.

Learning disabilities
Assist persons by giving them directions and orienting them to the emergency exits. Practice evacuation procedures with them prior to an emergency. Offer to guide.

Campus Security

309 South College Ave

College Place, WA 99324
24 Hour: (509) 527-2222
Director: (509) 527-2613

Last update on February 7, 2019