Evacuation of persons with physical disabilities:

This section provides a general guideline of evacuation procedures for persons with disabilities during fire and other building emergencies. Individuals with disabilities must identify their primary and secondary evacuation routes, and seek out colleagues (Floor Captains) who are willing to serve as evacuation assistants, or ensure that assistance is available. Other faculty and staff members can help by becoming aware of others who may need assistance in an evacuation

Building emergency response staff (Floor Captains) should assess the needs of any building occupants with special needs within their zone prior to an emergency. Ask if there are staff or faculty members who will need assistance in the event of an evacuation, and arrange for nearby individuals to serve as evacuation assistants.

Evacuating a disabled or injured person yourself is the last resort. Consider your options and the risks of injuring yourself and others in an evacuation attempt. Do not make an emergency situation worse. Evacuation is difficult and uncomfortable for both the rescuers and people being assisted. Some people have conditions that can aggravate or trigger problems if they are moved incorrectly. Remember that environmental conditions (smoke, debris, loss of electricity) will complicate evacuation efforts.

The following guidelines have been adopted by City University of Seattle to assist in planning for the evacuation of people with physical disabilities.