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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:

  1. Turn light switch off and on to gain the person’s attention and then use gestures to show what to do.
  2. Write a note, telling what the emergency is and the nearest evacuation route. For example: “Fire - go out rear door to the right, and down, NOW”.

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.

Use Proper Lifting Techniques:

  1. Never try to lift someone alone. Always get two persons to help lift a person.
  2. Place one foot a little ahead of the other with toes pointed out slightly.
  3. Place your feet about shoulder width apart.
  4. Bend at your knees and lift yourself and the person with your legs, keeping your back straight.