Most people will, at some time during their lives, have a disability, either temporary or permanent, that will limit their ability to move around inside or outside a building and to easily use the built environment. Disabilities manifest themselves in varying degrees, and the functional implications of the variations are important for emergency evacuation. One person may have multiple disabilities, while another may have a disability whose symptoms fluctuate. Everyone needs to have a plan to be able to evacuate a building, regardless of his or her physical condition. While planning for every situation that may occur in every type of an emergency is impossible, being as prepared as possible is important.
Flagler College recognizes that persons with disabilities may require assistance with alerting, evacuating, and sheltering in the event of an emergency. College procedures require all persons, including those with disabilities, to evacuate a facility any time the fire alarm system is activated or otherwise instructed to do so.
Individuals with mobility disabilities need to know if there is a usable circulation path from the building they are in. If not, they may not be able to exit a building without help from fire, police, or other emergency personnel. Persons who are unable to evacuate should await evacuation assistance in designated rescue locations, such as an Area of Rescue Assistance. All others should evacuate according to the evacuation signs in each classroom or facility.
As a faculty member it is important for you to be aware of any students in your class who may qualify as needing assistance in the event of an emergency. You will receive a letter from the DRC office on individual students who have qualified for services and need assistance, but not all students with disabilities register with DRC. If you did not receive a letter on a student who you feel would need assistance in the event of an emergency, please notify Security and the Disability Resource Center as soon as possible.
It is imperative that each student plans ahead and knows the evacuation route and procedures needed to stay safe in the event of an emergency.
Guide Points for Faculty
- Please review Administrative Policy #432.
- Make sure Fire Evacuation signs explaining the evacuation route to students with disabilities have been posted in your classrooms.
- Familiarize yourself with the Refuge Areas in your facility and make sure signs are posted. These are generally in the stairwells behind reinforced “fire walls”.
- If you have a student in one of your classes who is identified with a mobility disability for emergency evacuation a letter will be sent to your email. If you do not receive a letter and have concerns about a particular student please let Security and DRC know as soon as possible.
- An email is also sent to the student to notify them of the procedures for evacuation.
- Discuss the evacuation process with them. If they are non ambulatory, they are to wait in the refuge area. Faculty should immediately evacuate the building and go directly to notify the Security Office or the nearest Fire and Rescue personnel of the student’s whereabouts.