Does Someone You Know Need Building Evacuation Assistance?
Emergency Evacuation for Persons with Physical Disabilities ​ ​
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Building Evacuation Policy:
Florida International University policy on Emergency Evacuation requires that whenever the fire alarm is activated all building occupants leave and move away beyond 150 ft. from any facility as promptly as possible, via the nearest safe and available exit.
In facilities without alarm systems, all persons must leave whenever it becomes clear that an emergency exists which necessitates evacuation for the protection safety and well-being of the occupants.
 
No one is expected to endanger him/herself in order to control a hazard or to effect or assist with evacuation of others, but everyone has a duty to ensure that other occupants are aware of an emergency.
Similarly, it is expected that individuals will aid anyone who requires physical assistance to safely evacuate.​
Arrangements for Evacuation of Person with Physical Disablities:

Evacuation plans for person with disablities must be made part of each departments documented emergency evacuation procedures.

Employees are encouraged to contact/advise their department head, the Department of Environmental Health & Safety, Public Safety or the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Programs regarding the type of assistance required.  Students should contact the Office of Disability Services.

Arrangements for Evacuation Assistance: At the time an emergency occurs assistance may not be readily available if no prior arrangements are made since persons with disabilities may not be readily identifiable to others. Therefore, persons with disabilities who may require assistance must to request/arrange for assistance ahead of time.
Arrangements for assistance are usually best accomplished by establishing a personal relationship between the individual requiring assistance and one or more of his/her peers in the form of a "Buddy Plan".  Redundant arrangements should be made to ensure that assistance would be available even when the designated "buddies" are unavailable.
 
For assistance with "Buddy Plans" that entail the use of an Evacu-trac devices, contact the Department of Environmental Health & Safety. 
 
Please note that FIU Police Officers are trained in the use of the Evacu-trac device and are able to provide evacuation assistance for persons with mobility impairments, at the time of an emergency.
Evacuation and Alternatives:
The emergency evacuation alarm systems in most University facilities include visual and audible signaling devices that alert the sight or hearing impaired persons to alarm conditions.
 
The stairway landings on each floor of most buildings on University premises are independently accessible by wheelchair users, and are large enough to accommodate at least one wheelchair occupant and still remain a viable means of emergency egress for others.  While not all stairways fully qualify as "areas of safe refuge​" as defined by code, they are usually substantially safer than any other areas of the building and much preferable to remaining in an area where exposure to heat, smoke, and products of combustion are a hazard.
 
Police or Fire Rescue personnel should be made aware of anyone needing assistance by other occupants who have evacuated.  Persons waiting in a stairwell should be sure to ask several persons to notify FIU Police of their location, or call 305-348-5911 to advise.  When making this request, give the name of the stairwell and the floor (example: PC northwest stairs, 4th floor landing).
 
Areas of refuge in specific University buildings have the benefit of two-way communication devices located in close proximity to the protected area within the stairways.  The communication devices connect to FIU's Public Safety Department and allow the individual to advise the Public Safety Dispatcher of their location.  
Operating Evacu-trac Devices: ​ ​ Click on the video to the right for a short training on how to properly operate Evacu-trac devices
 
 

 Evacu-trac Training Video

 
 
Click on the image to the right for the Evacu-trac operator's manual  


 
Evacu-trac locations on FIU campuses ​*Coming Soon*
Please contact the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) if you, or any one you know, has special evacuation needs. Click on the "Contact Us" tab at the top of the page for EH&S contact information.
 
 Page Updated: 12/11/2015