safety of individuals with disabilities is a shared responsibility.
The College is committed to developing and implementing procedures
to assist individuals with disabilities during an emergency.
Likewise, individuals with disabilities should create a personal
emergency plan which addresses their needs before and during
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of a Personal Emergency Plan:
(include the following steps)
with disabilities who need assistance should register with
a campus office of Disability Support Services (DSS) regarding
the nature of assistance they will need during an emergency.
Employees requiring assistance should register with the
Disability Services Coordinator for Faculty and Staff in
2: Develop Personal Evacuation Instructions
required during an evacuation should be written down on
a card and carried by the individual with disabilities at
all times. The card should instruct others on the best ways
to assist and the number of persons needed to help.
3: Develop a “buddy system”
for emergencies in advance by establishing a primary and
an alternate “buddy” for each class or office
location. A “buddy” could be a classmate,
instructor, supervisor, or co-worker. An individual’s
personal evacuation instructions should be shared with
their “buddies”. A “buddy” will
assist individuals with disabilities to an evacuation
assembly area outside the building or to a safer area
within a building (e.g. stair landing, room away from
imminent danger, another wing, opposite end of corridor).
A second person should immediately notify emergency personnel
where an individual is located. Police or Fire/Rescue
personnel will decide if individuals are safe where they
are or evacuate them as necessary. A “buddy”
should stay with an individual until the emergency is
an individual with a disability is alone during an emergency,
they should contact the campus security office and provide
their present location. The security office can be contacted
by a cell phone, a campus emergency telephone, or an office
4: Know Your Environment
familiar with emergency exits, evacuation routes in campus
buildings, and campus evacuation assembly areas. Elevators
are not to be used as an emergency exit unless instructed
by emergency personnel. Determine the building exit nearest
your classroom or office. In the event that this exit
is blocked, be familiar with alternate exits.
5: Telephone Numbers
Safety and Security
Support Services for Students
Park/Silver Spring 240-567-1600
Park/Silver Spring 240-567-1480
Services Coordinator for Faculty and Staff - Human
County Fire/Rescue or Police - Call 911
for Assisting Individuals with Disabilities:
an individual wants to help a person with a disability, always
ask how you can help before giving assistance. The following guidelines
should be used for assisting individuals with specific disabilities.
and Hard of Hearing Disabilities
Individuals with a hearing disability may not be able to distinguish
audible warning alarms or respond to voice communications. Convey
the need to communicate by turning the room lights on and off
and indicate through hand gestures or writing what is happening
and where to go. Escort individuals during an evacuation as
they may not be able to follow oral commands issued by authorities.
Individuals who cannot speak loudly should carry a whistle or
have other means of attracting attention of others.
Individuals with a mobility disability should not be evacuated
by untrained personnel unless the situation is life-threatening.
If located on an upper floor, individuals may be assisted to
a stairwell landing to await evacuation or further instructions
from Fire/Rescue or Police. If individuals can walk with assistance,
a “buddy” should assist and accompany the individual
when descending the stairs.
Individuals with a visual disability may prefer to hold on to
a sighted person’s elbow during an evacuation. If possible,
someone should follow behind to protect the individual from
being pushed down in the event of crowding.
Procedures for Assisting Individuals with Disabilities:
A copy of
these Guidelines is available on My MC, the DSS website, and will
be provided to employees at new employee orientation. Administrative
aides in College departments will disseminate the Guidelines to
part-time faculty and temporary staff.
DSS will provide
a list of students each semester to Safety and Security specifying
classroom locations and class schedules for all students requesting
assistance in an emergency evacuation. DSS will provide updates
to Safety and Security as warranted.
HR will provide
a list of employee office locations to Safety and Security of
all employees requesting assistance in an emergency evacuation.
HR will provide updates to Safety and Security as warranted.
Security will keep a copy of the DSS list and HR list in the Safety
and Security Office’s Emergency Handbook as well as in all
Campus Response Team “go bags.” For off-campus locations,
the lists will be kept with the Site Emergency Coordinator.
DSS will send
a formal memo to all faculty and staff requesting that announcements,
regarding procedures for individuals with disabilities, be made
at the beginning of each semester class. Faculty should also put
this notice in their syllabi asking those students that need assistance
in an emergency to register with DSS or notify them directly.
When a Campus
Response Team is activated as a result of a communications alert,
Team members will review the DSS list and HR list in their “go
bags” for the location of all students and employees who
may need evacuation assistance should the need arise. Site Emergency
Coordinators at off-campus locations will review their lists during
an emergency and provide assistance as necessary.
If an alert
demands an evacuation, Campus Response Team members or Site Emergency
Coordinators will interact with Fire/Rescue to evacuate buildings
including all individuals with disabilities.