Persons with disabilities
In the event of an evacuation, persons with disabilities that prevent them from exiting the building should do the following: Heading link
In the event of an evacuation, persons with disabilities that prevent them from exiting the building should do the following:
- Proceed to the designated Area of Rescue Assistance or nearest stairwell if you can and wait there to be evacuated by a member of the UIC Police Department (UICPD) or an emergency responder.
- If possible, ask the Floor Coordinator or another person to accompany you to the stairwell. Ask the person to immediately inform UICPD and/or other emergency responders of your exact location (floor, stairwell number, etc.) once the person has evacuated.
- Once in the stairwell, call UICPD for help; if no help arrives in 5-10 minutes, call again. Be Persistent!
Assisting individuals with visual impairments Heading link
Assisting Individuals with Visual Impairments
Most individuals with visual impairments will be familiar with their immediate work or study area. In an emergency situation:
- Announce the type of emergency; offer arm for guidance.
- Tell the person where you are going, obstacles you encounter.
- When you reach safety, ask if further help is needed.
Assisting Individuals with Hearing Impairments
- Individuals with hearing impairments may not perceive emergency alarms; an alternative way to warn them is required:
- Flicker the lights to gain the person’s attention or indicate through gestures what is happening and what to do.
- Write a note with evacuation directions, such as: “Fire. Go out rear door to the right and down, NOW!”