If required, will be directed by College Police, Custodial or administrative staff. Follow directions closely. Building evacuation routes are posted in hallways of all multistory buildings. Assembly areas following evacuation will be directed based on the nature of emergency or threat. Follow instructions carefully.
- Evacuation Preparedness for Disabled Students
- Faculty and/or College Police Staff shall make every effort to follow guidelines concerning disabled students who are attending class at the time of an emergency situation:
- Visually impaired: Tell the student the nature of the emergency; guide him/her to the emergency exit; inform the student where you are and advise of any obstacles. After reaching the safety area, orient the student to where he/she is and ask if further help is needed.
- Hearing impaired: The student may not perceive emergency sound alarms and an alternative warning technique is necessary. One suggestion is to turn the light switch on and off to gain attention, then indicate on the blackboard or by written note what the emergency is and the nearest evacuation route.
- Students using crutches, canes, or walkers: These students should be treated as if they were injured for evacuation purposes. Carrying techniques include using a two-person lock arm position or having the person sit in a sturdy chair, preferably one with arms.
- Non-ambulatory: Some have minimal ability to move and lifting them may be dangerous to their well-being. Consult with the student about being removed from the wheelchair. In any event, determine: a. The number of people necessary for assistance. b. Whether to bend extremities when lifting due to pain, catheter, leg bags, spasticity, braces, etc. c. Whether to carry forward or backward on a flight of stairs. Some may have no upper trunk or neck strength.
- The following items are guidelines to be considered during evacuation of non-ambulatory persons:
- Wheelchairs have movable parts which are not constructed to withstand the stress of lifting (e.g. foot plates, arm rests, wheels and leg rests).
- If seat belt is attached to the wheelchair, secure the person in the chair.
If required, the campus can be evacuated by order of the senior administrative staff or the Director of the SCC Emergency Operations Center to deal with a threat or emergency situation. If directed, College Police and Custodial personnel will work their way through all campus buildings and spaces. In addition to directing the evacuation, to the maximum extent possible, they will also advise as to the nature of the threat, recommended evacuation routes or assembly areas and suggested protective measures, as necessary or required. Time will most likely be of the essence so all personnel will need to pay careful attention and follow instructions carefully.