Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College
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Emergency preparedness for students with disabilities

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Student Information
If you may need assistance evacuating a building in the event of an emergency, you are encouraged to develop a personal action plan. The general nature of such a plan is described below. Your specific plan will depend upon your disability and limitations, the nature of the emergency, and your location at the time. Although assistance is available, it is important that you take responsibility for your own safety.

Your personal action plan should include the following:

  • Establish a buddy system and alternate for each class. People with disabilities should prepare for an emergency ahead of time by instructing a classmate, instructor, supervisor, or co-worker on how to assist in the event of any emergency.
  • If assistance is not immediately available, people with disabilities should remain near the stairwell landing or in the elevator lobby. Rescue personnel will first check all exit corridors and stairwells for those trapped. You should continue to call for help until rescued.
  • People who cannot speak loudly, or with voice / speech impairments, should carry a whistle or have other means of attracting attention of others.
  • Be familiar with alarm locations and signals.
  • Leave school materials in the room to avoid wasting time.
  • Wait for rescue and remain calm.
  • DO NOT re-enter a building until permitted by emergency personnel.
  • If you suspect a fire is behind a door; cover your hand to provide protection, first and then test the door by touching it. If it is hot then do NOT use the door as an exit. Try to find an alternate route for an exit.
  • A cautionary note on elevators: Do NOT use elevators unless authorized to do so by police or fire personnel. Elevators could fail during a fire, earthquake or flood.
  • Familiarize yourself with the evacuation route for each of your classrooms. This includes the location of designated areas for rescue assistance if appropriate. If you need assistance in determining the proper route, you can speak with your professor, the Office of Disability Services, or the BCC’s campus police 508.678.2811 ext. 2218.
  • Speak with your professors about your evacuation needs and plan. Although a professor, and your escort, can assist you in safely evacuating a building, you are the best authority as to how you need to be assisted.

Lockdown and Shelter in Place Drill

Student Information

If you may need assistance during an emergency such as a lockdown or active shooter on campus, you are encouraged to develop a personal action plan. The general nature of such a plan is described below. Your specific plan will depend upon your disability and limitations, the nature of the emergency, and your location at the time. Although assistance is available, it is important that you take responsibility for your own safety.

Your personal action plan should include the following:

  • Establish a buddy system and alternate for each class. People with disabilities should prepare for an emergency ahead of time by instructing a classmate, instructor, supervisor, or co-worker on how to assist in the event of any emergency.
  • Speak with your professors about your lockdown/active shooter needs and plan. Although a professor can assist you in safely remaining on the building, you are the best authority as to how you need to be assisted.
  • Familiarize yourself with potential shelter areas within each of your classrooms. If you need assistance in determining the proper place that may provide shelter in any particular classroom, you can speak with your professor, the Office of Disability Services, or the BCC’s campus police 508.678.2811 ext. 2218.
  • Wait for rescue and remain calm.
  • DO NOT leave your current area until permitted by emergency personnel.

For more information on disaster readiness for persons with disabilities visit the National Organization on Disability.