Evacuation for People with Disabilities

After an evacuation is ordered:

  • Check on people with special needs during an evacuation.  A buddy system, in which people with disabilities arrange for volunteers to alert them and assist them in an emergency, is a good method.
  • Always ask someone with a disability how you can help before attempting any rescue technique or giving assistance.  Ask how he or she can best be assisted or moved and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.
  • DO NOT USE ELEVATORS, unless authorized to do so by police, public safety or fire personnel.  Elevators can fail during a fire.
  • If the situation is life threatening, call Public Safety at 7777 and state your name, location and area involved.