On the Salem campus, the second floors are connected to at least one other building via sky bridges, which allows for horizontal evacuation to a building unaffected by the emergency or hazard. The college, in conjunction with local fire official has identified areas where, due to the proximity of a hazard, horizontal evacuation may not be possible. For those areas we have identified AREA OF EVACUATION REFUGE and labeled them accordingly. These are areas that building evacuation coordinators and emergency personnel will respond to and provide assistance as necessary.
Assisting Deaf or Hard of Hearing Persons
Assisting Persons Who Are Blind or Low Vision
Assisting Owners of Service Animals
Assisting Persons with Learning Disabilities
Assisting Persons with Limited Communication
Assisting Persons with Psychological Disabilities
Assisting Persons Who are Developmentally Disabled
Assisting Persons with Medical Conditions
Assisting Persons with Mobility Impairments
People with mobility limitations who are ambulatory may be able to negotiate stairs in an emergency situation with minor assistance. Some people who usually use a wheelchair or motorized scooter for long-distance travel may be able to walk independently in an emergency situation.
Non-ambulatory- assisting persons who use wheelchairs
Evacuation of non-ambulatory people is much more complicated than that of others. Fire and campus safety experts advise that, as soon as an alarm sounds, wheelchair users proceed to an enclosed stairwell if possible. Someone should be designated to go outside and inform emergency personnel of the non-ambulatory person's location. Whenever possible, someone should remain in the facility with the non-ambulatory person.