Evacuation

ALL

  1. If safe, secure vital records and shut down electrical equipment
  2. Proceed to your predetermined exit or alternate exit. Shut all doors as you leave.
  3. Floor staff must ensure that all staff and visitors evacuate the area
  4. Assist disabled employees or visitors
  5. Proceed quietly and orderly
  6. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS
  7. DO NOT OPEN DOOR if it is hot or there is smoke present
  8. Once outside, assemble at a designated area and stay there; your supervisor will need to have a tally of their personnel

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

It is very likely that evacuations will involve disabled individuals. They are the experts of their own disabilities and know the best way to move themselves out of a building in an emergency. Make sure the person understands what is happening, and what procedure must be followed. Many disabled people are vulnerable to respiratory complications, remove them from smoke or fumes immediately.

MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS

People having mobility impairments may or may not use wheelchairs. Those individuals, who can ambulate in varying degrees, will need to be carried down stairs, or otherwise be assisted. If needed, ask them for instructions or assistance.

CONSULT WHEELCHAIR USERS FOR THIS INFORMATION:

  1. How to transfer the person from the wheelchair (or moving the person downstairs while in the wheelchair). NEVER carry an individual backwards down a flight of stairs.
  2. The number of people needed for assistance.
  3. Know that some wheelchair users use catheter leg bags, braces, oxygen, prosthetics, etc.
  4. Many can experience spasticity or extreme pain when being moved from their wheelchairs

VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE

  1. Although most visually impaired people will be familiar with their immediate work area, make sure to:
  2. Explain the nature of the emergency
  3. Offer to guide them. As you walk, explain your destination, where you are, any obstacles, which way you are going to turn, the number of steps, etc.
  4. Upon reaching safety, orient them to their surroundings. Ask if further assistance is needed.

DEAF, HEARING IMPAIRED OR SPEECH IMPAIRED PEOPLE

Communication varies with people who are deaf, hearing or speech impaired. Audible alarms may not be heard by them. It is important that everyone understand what is happening and how to proceed.

  • To gain attention, turn light switch on and off, tap on shoulder, wave your hands, etc. Indicate through gestures or writing what is happening and what to do

REMEMBER THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE UNIQUE. THROUGH COMMUNICATION EVACUATION CAN BE QUICK AND SAFE.