Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities
It is the responsibility of all unit managers to ensure that plans are in place for assisting persons with disabilities within their operations in the event of evacuation. Plans should be in writing, provide appropriate levels of backup and be distributed to all individuals working in the unit. Persons with disabilities must have significant input into the plans, as they are best aware of the level and type of assistance needed.
As a general rule, however, persons with disabilities who use wheelchairs or who have mobility impairments should
observe the following procedures:
- All persons shall move toward the nearest marked exit. As a first choice, the person who uses a wheelchair or who has a mobility impairment may use the building elevator, BUT NEVER IN THE CASE OF FIRE OR EARTHQUAKE.
- As a second choice, when the person who uses a wheelchair or who has a mobility impairment reaches an obstruction, such as a staircase, he or she should request assistance from others in the area.
- If assistance is not immediately available, the person who uses a wheelchair or who has a mobility impairment should stay in the exit corridor or the stairway landing. He or she should continue to call for help until rescued. Persons who cannot speak loudly should carry a whistle or have other means of attracting the attention of others.