Building evacuation is required when directed to do so either by fire alarm or other means of notification. Fire alarms include, but are not limited to accidental alarm, false alarm or conditions caused by fire and/or smoke. Individuals requiring special evacuation assistance in the event of an alarm should evacuate according to the terms of their plan and by following the directives of on-site emergency personnel which may include Building Evacuation Coordinators (BEC's) or Public Safety personnel.
Individuals who walk with canes, crutches, walkers, etc. and those who utilize wheelchairs or have difficulties ambulating should decide whether or not they can descend stairs or evacuate a building in an emergency with little assistance from others. If not, they should –
Persons who are blind/low vision can, with the assistance of others, evacuate a building using the stairs, if they are familiar with their immediate surroundings and frequently traveled routes and if stairs are safe to use. If the blind/low sight person is unfamiliar with the emergency evacuation route, they should either –
Some buildings on campus are equipped with fire alarm strobe lights; however, some are not. Emergency instructions can be given by writing a note to evacuate.
Persons with special needs and/or disabilities have four basic evacuation options –
The Stay in place approach may be more appropriate for sprinkler protected buildings or buildings where an area evacuation assistance is not nearby or available. It may also be more appropriate for an occupant who is alone when the alarm sounds.
Is an area that can be used as part of the required means of egress for persons that are disabled. These areas are typically stairwell landings. These areas can be used by people with special needs or people with disabilities until rescue can be facilitated by emergency responders. Other areas may be determined in the development of individual plans.