< Emergency Preparedness
Evacuation of the Mobility Impaired
During emergencies, individuals with mobility impairments or handicaps may need assistance with evacuating a building.
Ambulatory individuals are those with disabilities that might impair rapid building evacuation. Examples include those who are blind, deaf, or whose mobility is restricted by the use of crutches or a walker. Assistance to ambulatory individuals can be provided by guiding them to a stairwell, waiting until clear passage is established, and helping them either up or down the stairs.
Non-ambulatory individuals are those with disabilities that require the use of a wheelchair. To assist these individuals, proceed as follows:
- Contact the Otterbein University Police Department at (614) 823-1222. Provide as much information as possible. Most importantly, provide the individual's location.
- Move the individual near a stairwell and await assistance if no immediate danger exists within the area of the stairwell.
- If the hazard becomes life-threatening, move the individual into a room and close the door. If evacuation is deemed necessary, attempt to gain volunteer assistance and evacuate by way of an established route.
- Immediately inform the Otterbein University Police Department of the individual's new location.