Emergency Evacuation of Persons with Limited Mobility/Special Needs
Visually Impaired Persons:
In an emergency, tell the person the nature of the emergency and offer to guide them to the nearest emergency exit. Have the person take your arm and escort them out. This is the preferred method when acting as a “sighted guide”. Be sure and give detailed instructions as you evacuate this visually impaired person.
Hearing Impaired Persons:
Ambulatory Persons Using Crutches, Canes, Or Walkers:
Carrying options include a two-person locked arm position if trained in this procedure or having the person sit in a sturdy chair, preferable an arm chair. If time permits call RSU Police Department for assistance.
Non-Ambulatory Persons (E.G., Wheelchairs):
If possible, transport non-ambulatory persons to the designated area of refuge in the building where the emergency exists. Immediately notify the fire department personnel arriving on the scene as to the location of the non-ambulatory persons for rapid and safe evacuation.
When lifting a person properly trained faculty and staff should remember to use proper lifting techniques: