Individuals with a mobility impairment due to disability have the responsibility of planning ahead for emergency situations that could involve evacuations. In many emergency situations, lighting can become obscure or obsolete and elevators and telephones may not be operable. Be sure to consider the following when planning for emergency evacuation:
If you are a person with a mobility impairment due to disability, it is your responsibility to plan ahead for emergency situations which could involve evacuations. In many emergency situations, lighting can become obscure or obsolete and elevators and telephones may not be operable. As such, consider the following when planning for emergency evacuation:
If elevators are not operating during an emergency, critical time can be saved if you have made evacuation arrangements with supervisors or faculty in the building you occupy. Because emergency personnel will need to know what measures or equipment you require for evacuation, advanced planning may expedite and secure a safe evacuation.
For many buildings a stairwell is a "safe" area in which to wait for emergency personnel if stairs or elevators cannot be accessed. However, in some buildings, the stairwell acts as a chimney, fostering smoke and flames. For specific information about areas of rescue, contact the building coordinator for the building you occupy.If the building is evacuated in response to a fire or similar emergency, all personnel are to report to the predesignated assembly point. At the assembly point, supervisors account for personnel and report any that are unaccounted for to the Virginia Tech Police and or the fire department.
In case of a medical emergency, notify Virginia Tech Police Department of the location, nature, and extent of the injury by calling 911 from a safe location.
For more information, please review the following:
University ADA Services
North End Center, Suite 2300
300 Turner St. NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Various resources are available in addition to those provided University ADA Services.