In all emergencies, after an evacuation has been ordered:
- Evacuate if possible
- DO NOT use elevators, unless authorized to do so by emergency services personnel.
- Check on people with special needs during an evacuation. A “buddy system,” where people with disabilities arrange for volunteers (co-workers) to alert them and assist them in an emergency, is recommended
- Only attempt an emergency evacuation if you have had emergency assistance training orthe person is in immediate danger and cannot wait for emergency services personnel
- Always ask someone with a disability how you can help before attempting any emergency evacuation assistance. Ask how he/she can best be assisted or moved, and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person