Evacuation Procedures: Persons with Disabilities
Please become familiar with escape routes and area of rescue assistance locations in the buildings that you may be using during your time at the University.
Area of Rescue Assistance:
An area where people who are unable to use stairs may remain temporarily in safety to await further assistance during an emergency evacuation.
If you would like the Building Administrator to be aware of certain personal information so they may contact individuals on your behalf after an evacuation, please fill out the Emergency Evacuation Procedures Form and provide a copy to each building administrator for buildings that you will be occupying during your time on campus.
If You Are Alone During an Emergency
Important: If you are alone at the time of the emergency and unable to evacuate the building, notify the Department of Public Safety at 610-436-3311 or extension 3311. Notify them of your location and the assistance you require.
In case of emergency, if you are able to leave your location, follow the instructions below:
- If you are on the ground floor of the building, exit by normal means.
- If you are above or below the ground floor and not able to exit, relocate or be moved to an area of rescue assistance or stairwell landing.
- Wait on the landing of the stairwell or area of rescue.
- Notify the Department of Public Safety at 610-436-3311 or extension 3311 of your location or have someone notify Public Safety of your location, if possible.
- Wait for rescue and remain calm.
- Do not use elevators, unless directed to do so by Public Safety or Fire Department personnel.
Members of the Department of Public Safety or members of the West Chester Fire Department will assist you from the building.
Classroom Buildings and Administration Buildings
Prepare for an emergency ahead of time by instructing a classmate, instructor, supervisor, or co-worker on how you may need assistance in the event of any emergency.
Be aware of the location of the nearest stairwell and area of rescue assistance. If you will be working in an isolated area of the building, inform another student, staff member, or faculty member of your location.
Contact your floor's Resident Assistant(s) on move in day to schedule a time to review building evacuation procedures.
In the event of a fire or emergency evacuation, proceed immediately to the center stairwell landing and wait in the area for Public Safety or members of the West Chester Fire Department to assist you from the building.
If you are in your room and require assistance to the nearest center stairwell, notify the front desk of your location and the assistance you require so that this information can be forwarded to emergency rescue personnel.
If there is no response from the front desk, call the Department of Public Safety at 610-436-3311 or extension 3311 for assistance.