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Before an emergency, determine the nearest exit to your location, the safest route to follow, and alternate exits. Building evacuation routes are posted in campus buildings.
  • Take personal items (keys, purse, etc) with you when possible.
  • Secure the door as you leave.
  • Walk, do not run.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • If safe to do so, assist people with special needs as indicated by that person, or direct to the nearest stairwell, and contact Campus Safety & Security (x6666) and indicate the location of the person.
  • Gather outside at your designated building staging area, where your supervisor will take roll and account for all personnel.
  • Faculty should account for all students in class.
  • Do not reenter the building unless authorized by emergency personnel or Campus Safety & Security.

Campus and community communication systems will be used to provide information about this type of evacuation. Information may be provided through emergency announcements, the website (which will either have or provide a link to the emergency information), or by calling the emergency hotline at 315-268-2020.


The most important factor in emergency safety for people with disabilities is advanced planning. A guide to help plan evacuation strategies is available from Campus Safety & Security at x5965 or x6666.

After an Evacuation is ordered:
  • Evacuate people with disabilities if possible.
  • Always ask someone with a disability how you can help before attempting any rescue technique or giving assistance.
  • Do not use elevators, unless authorized to do so by police or fire personnel. Elevators can fail during a fire or a major earthquake.
  • Individuals who are able to negotiate stairs with no or minor assistance should do so.
  • If people with mobility impairments cannot exit, they should move to the nearest stairwell or other safe location. An evacuation assistant should exit the building and alert emergency personnel of the individual’s location and the nature of the disability.
  • If possible, individuals should contact emergency personnel at 911 and provide their name, location and reason for calling. Also indicate specific evacuation needs (e.g., use of a wheelchair or respirator, breathing or stamina difficulties) that should be considered for evacuation.
  • If the situation is life threatening, call 911.
  • Police or fire personnel will decide whether people are safe where they are and will evacuate them as necessary.
If people are in immediate danger and cannot be moved to a safer area to wait for assistance, it may be necessary to evacuate using a carry technique.