The following procedures apply to any evacuation situation:
1) Become familiar with your building. Know the location of emergency exits.
2) In any emergency situation, contact the Department of Public Safety at 711.
3) In the event an evacuation is necessary, you will be directed by the Environmental Health and Safety Services Office (EHSS), the Department of Public Safety, the fire department, or building coordinators to evacuate.
4) Remain calm. Try to keep others calm.
5) Exit the building using stairwells. Never use the elevators. Close and secure all doors behind you.
6) Proceed to the designated meeting area(s). Keep quiet and listen for directions from EHSS, the Department of Public Safety, or the fire department.
7) Notify the first responding agency of any disabled, trapped or injured persons.
8) Never re-enter the building unless directed to do so by the EHSS, the Department of Public Safety, or the fire department.
If a fire alarm sounds, take it seriously. If you notice a fire or smell smoke:
1) DO NOT fight the fire. Remain calm.
2) Call the Department of Public Safety at 711.
a) Give your name.
b) Give the name of the building.
c) Give your location and type of problem.
3) Pull the fire alarm box located next to any stairwell.
4) Exit the building using stairwells. Never use the elevators. Close and secure all doors behind you.
5) Proceed to the designated meeting area(s). Keep quiet and listen for directions from the EHSS, the Department of Public Safety, or the fire department.
6) Notify the first responding agency of any disabled, trapped or insured persons.
7) Never re-enter the building unless directed to do so by the EHSS, the Department of Public Safety, or the fire department.
Syracuse University recognizes that due to the differences in campus buildings, the limitations presented by various types of disabilities, and the range of possible circumstances that could be presented by different types of disasters, persons with disabilities will make individual decisions based upon the circumstances presented.
1) If circumstances require evacuation from a campus building, the disabled person is to evacuate the building by the safest and nearest exit and follow the general procedures for emergency evacuation.
2) If a disabled person is unable to evacuate without assistance, he/she may request that any available person notify the fire department, the EHSS, or the Department of Public Safety at the scene that they are in need of assistance.
The disabled person should provide the person going for help with any information that may be required in the evacuation process (e.g., wheelchair bound, lift required, etc.).
If neither the fire department, the EHSS, nor the Department of Public Safety is on the scene, the disabled person or the assisting person may telephone the Department of Public Safety at 711 and request assistance. The location, reason evacuation assistance is required, and necessity for special equipment should be given.
3) In the event a fire alarm sounds, the first responding agency (the EHSS, the Department of Public Safety, or the fire department) will search out disabled persons reported to be in the building and assist them in evacuating the building.
4) In the event of an evacuation during a non-fire emergency, the steps described above will be followed.
5) Any disabled person who anticipates that they may have difficulty in evacuating any campus building should request that the Office for Student Assistance arrange to have a copy of their schedule for each semester put on file by building and by time of day with the Department of Public Safety. The disabled person is responsible for reporting to the Office of Student Assistance any schedule changes.
A disabled student living in a residence hall should also notify their residence hall director of their potential needs in the event an evacuation is necessary.
Fire Drill Procedure
The procedure to be followed for fire drills will be identical to the emergency evacuation plan in the steps described above, except that the disabled person may be asked to remain in the building if the availability of evacuation personnel and/or special equipment is limited.
Non-Emergency Evacuation Procedure
If a disabled person needs to be evacuated in a non-emergency situation, such as a power failure or elevator shut down, they may call the Department of Public Safety at 711. With proper notification, the Department of Public Safety may decide to contact a professional transportation agency, such as TLC or Able Medical Transportation, to facilitate safe and proper evacuation. The University will pay for costs associated with evacuation services performed by such agencies.
1. To facilitate the evacuation of disabled students, the office for student assistance will provide the registrar’s office with a list of students who have identified themselves as having mobility impairments requiring the use of wheelchairs, crutches, braces or canes, or visual impairments requiring a guide dog or cane.
The registrar’s office will provide both the Department of Public Safety and the Office for Student Assistance with weekly updated copies of the schedules of all students on the above mentioned lists.
2. All students who have identified themselves as disabled will be informed of emergency evacuation procedures by the Office for Student Assistance at the beginning of each academic year and periodically throughout the academic year as new individuals are identified as disabled.
3. It is recommended that the Office for Student Assistance, in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety and appropriate City Fire officials, sponsor emergency evacuation training workshops for disabled students at the beginning of each academic year and at regular intervals throughout the year. The workshops should cover all of the aforementioned procedures.
4. All faculty, administrators, and staff will be notified of these procedures by EHSS.
5. All general emergency evacuation instructions that EHSS routinely provides to the University students or employees will include information on emergency evacuation procedures for disabled persons.
6. The effectiveness of the plan will be monitored by EHSS, along with the Department of Public Safety and the Office for Student Assistance. Regular reports on progress/problems will be forwarded to EHSS. Should the need arise, this plan will be modified by EHSS.
The above noted plan is intended to assist the appropriate authorities in evacuating disabled persons. However, if the fire department has not arrived and a need exists to move the disabled person out of the building quickly, as in a situation of threatening the life of the disabled person, the Department of Public Safety or EHSS may consider evacuating the person themselves provided that under all circumstance the evacuation can be done safely and not expose further lives to danger. If possible, evacuation will be conducted with input from, and at the direction of, the disabled person.