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Planning for an Emergency

Suggestions For Those Who May Require Assistance During an Emergency at St. Louis Community College (STLCC)

The content of this document is for informational purposes only. It is not intended for medical or legal advice.

It is important to note that the college does not know the whereabouts of people who may need assistance during an emergency. Even when a person has registered with the access office, campus police, or a supervisor, the college has no way of determining who is present or where a person is located at any given moment. Additionally, there may be students, staff and visitors to the campus who could require assistance in cases of emergency and are unknown to the college. Remember that during an emergency there is a potential for anyone to become ‘disabled’ and need assistance.

For these reasons, it is important that all students, staff and faculty have a general awareness of potential concerns and recommendations for handling these situations.

Staff and faculty are responsible for the safety of their classroom and/or office area. Everyone is expected to take steps to ensure their own safety.

If you have a disability that might affect your ability to safely evacuate the premises (remember, the elevators might not be working or pathways may be obstructed), it is important that you plan ahead for an emergency situation. While emergency personnel are often available to assist, this may not always be the case.

BEFORE AN EMERGENCY

Determine the mechanisms for reporting and/or receiving information about emergencies.

Program the number for campus police in your cell phone:

Florissant Valley 314-513-4300
Forest Park 314-644-9700
Meramec 314-984-7667
Wildwood 636-422-2044

Ensure that your cell phone works in the locations you frequent so that emergency contacts and police can be called as needed.

Develop a personal emergency plan and carry it with you at all times (see page 105 of the student handbook for an example.

Make arrangements for friends/family/attendants to check on you immediately after an emergency. Telephones may not be functioning, so devise a backup plan.

STUDY YOUR SURROUNDINGS:

Review all potential exits by assessing the safe area maps posted in each building and the evacuation routes posted in each room.

Evaluate whether the area can be exited safely and quickly.

Ensure there is ample room for everyone in attendance. For example, does a person in a wheelchair have enough space to maneuver in and out of the classroom without being an obstruction to and/or being obstructed by others entering/leaving the area?

Assess how various disabilities could interfere with the safe evacuation of large gathering areas (tutoring, cafeteria, library, etc.) in the event of emergency occurring in these settings.

Assess whether or not all individuals can see/hear emergency information and ambulate independently.

Discretely discuss the need for access with those who might need help during an emergency. Discussions of emergency procedures should be private so that an individual’s information is not shared unnecessarily among those who do not have a need to know.

Develop two escape plans: one assuming help is available, and one assuming it is not. Practice the plans. This will help identify gaps or problems so that changes can be made.

DURING AN EMERGENCY

Follow the directions of the staff or the emergency responders.

Check your personal emergency plan.

Determine whether you can exit the building without assistance in the event of an evacuation.

Get to the designated safe area so that rescuers can assist you if you are unable to exit the building or get to a lower floor

Call the emergency number for campus police or dial 911 as needed.