Here is part of the NMC Campus Emergency Management Plan detailing the emergency procedure as it pertains to persons with disabilities.

This section of the document outlines procedures for alerting, evacuating, or sheltering persons with disabilities located on campus during an emergency. Every member of the College community has a responsibility to facilitate the safe evacuation and sheltering of persons with disabilities by adhering to the following guidelines.

The College recognizes that individuals with disabilities may require assistance with alerting, evacuating, and sheltering in the event of an emergency. The College therefore asks all individuals, including those with disabilities, who may need assistance in an emergency to identify themselves to the College. Employees should contact Human Resources and Students should contact the Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services and/or the Director of Campus Security.

Note: Elevators are never to be used in the event of a fire without explicit authorization by fire or police personnel. Evacuation Chairs (location list on following page) are provided for safe stairway evacuations of individuals who use wheelchairs. Individuals with mobility impairments who are able to walk independently or with assistance may be able to negotiate stairs; however, if danger is imminent the individual should wait until heavy traffic has cleared before attempting the stairs.

Additional Evacuation Persons with Disabilities

During an Emergency: Individuals with communication disabilities may be unable to obtain necessary evacuation information from standard auditory fire alarms or public address systems. As a consequence, hearing and visually impaired individuals may need to be alerted and given further instruction in emergency situations. Nearby faculty, staff, or students should offer assistance to visually impaired individuals who may need help negotiating unfamiliar routes during an emergency evacuation.

During an emergency, Campus Security will attempt to check all locations, including restrooms, to communicate the need to evacuate. If forced to stay in place during an emergency, a person with a disability should try to call Campus Security to notify them of his/her location, in addition to asking others who are evacuating to alert Campus Security. Campus Security will then dispatch a police officer to the location to assist in the evacuation (the person with disabilities should stay on the line with the dispatcher while waiting for help to arrive). It is strongly recommended that persons with disabilities acquire additional alerting devices to draw attention to themselves during an emergency. Cell phones, pagers, and loud whistles are effective tools for drawing attention or for contacting emergency personnel.

College procedures require all persons, including those with disabilities, to evacuate a facility any time the fire alarm system is activated or otherwise instructed to do so.

College employees will actively participate in all college emergency drills. Practice will instill confidence in one’s ability to cope in an emergency. It will also assure appropriate lifesaving actions will be taken during a real emergency. Practice consists of walk-through procedures, announced drills, and/or surprise drills.

Evacuation Chair locations

Scholars Hall
LL In hallway near room 16 and the restrooms
2nd fl End of hallway near room 202

Osterlin
2nd fl In hallway, near office suites 210, 209 and 208

Tanis
LL In hallway outside room 51

Biederman
LL In hallway, across from LB 39 near steps
2nd fl Between stairs and elevator, across from bathrooms

Health Science
2nd fl At end of hallway, next to men’s restroom

West Hall
LL Between elevator and stairs near the student center

East Hall
LL In recreation lounge near stairs
2nd fl End of hallway near room 239
3rd fl End of hallway near room 318

Beckett building
2nd fl Next to computer lab 217

PE building
2nd fl End of hallway across from room 201

University Center
LL By stairwell across from room 08
2nd fl Near stairwell across from room 209

Great Lakes
2nd fl GLMA In hallway between rooms 212 and 214.
2nd fl GLCI. In hallway between men’s bathroom and dry storage room 253

Parsons-Stulen
2nd fl Near stairwell between commons area and room 201

 

This information along with a comprehensive list of other topics can be found at
employees.nmc.edu/depts/emergency-mngt-plan/