Students with disabilities that may impact them during an emergency evacuation are advised to discuss emergency evacuation related matters during their registration process with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) and they should also notify their Resident Assistant (RA) or Resident Director (RD). The welfare and wellbeing of our students is paramount.
If you are a person with a disability and need assistance during building evacuation or other emergencies, please follow the following guidelines:
1. Move to the nearest stairwell or safe exit. If you need help, ask someone to assist you to the nearest stairwell or safe exit.
2. Make presence known to others in the area.
3. If you do not have an accessible way to exit the building, wait at the top of the closest stairwell and call campus police at 201-216-3911 to inform them of where you are. In rare situations when many people are calling Stevens Police to report an emergency, you may have a hard time getting through. Only in those rare circumstances should you call 201-469-5989.
Tips for Assisting People with Disabilities in an Emergency
It is crucial to understand that the person with the disability is the best authority on how to be assisted.
Be sure to explain the type of the emergency.
Ask if assistance is required to the nearest safe exit.
As you navigate, tell the person where you are and advise of any obstacles (stairs, doors, etc.). When you reach safety, orient the person to where he/she is and ask if any further assistance is needed before parting ways.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Explain the type of the emergency by speaking slowly and clearly in front of the person or by written words.
Give visual instructions to advise about the safest route or direction by pointing toward exits or evacuation maps.
If necessary, guide person to nearest safe exit and to a safe location.
Ask the person how you can best assist them in evacuating the area.
Make certain you or someone else informs emergency personnel of the individual's location, if they are not able to exit the building.