The following guidelines are general and may not apply in every circumstance.
- Occupants should be invited to volunteer ahead of time to assist people with disabilities in an emergency. If a volunteer is not available, the Floor Captain will designate someone to assist who is willing to accept the responsibility
- Two or more trained volunteers, if available, should conduct the evacuation
- Try to avoid evacuating people who use wheelchairs while they are still in their wheelchairs. This is standard practice to ensure the safety of people with disabilities and volunteers. Wheelchairs will be evacuated later if possible.
- Proper lifting techniques (e.g. bending the knees, keeping the back straight, holding the person close before lifting, and using leg muscles to lift) should be used to avoid injury to rescuer’s backs. Certain lifts may need to be modified, depending on the disabilities of the people. Volunteers can obtain more emergency evacuation information regarding lifting techniques from the Human Resources Department.