Emergency Evacuation of Buildings and Assistance to Persons with Disabilities

The following procedures must be followed:

  • Evacuate immediately on hearing the alarm. Do not hesitate;
  • Do not use elevators, use the closest stairwell;
  • Do not stop and congregate in stairwells;
  • Exit the building as quickly as possible;
  • Do not congregate near the building. The possibility of flying glass is real and is extremely dangerous.

The following procedures are published for the information and action of all staff in the event of emergencies requiring the evacuation of disabled occupants from campus buildings:

  • Evacuation will begin with the sounding of building fire alarms. Attention is directed to the “Fire Emergency Procedures” signs located above fire alarm pull-stations located in each building.
  • Those who instruct are primarily responsible for the safety of the students they teach in laboratories or classrooms. It is the responsibility of the instructor to evacuate his/her classroom as quickly as possible and, in so far as possible, to speed the evacuation of the building using exit routes which will avoid fire or other danger areas.
  • The instructor should delegate an appropriate number of students to assist disabled students to move to a safe area pending the arrival of fire-fighters or police. University Safety should be advised immediately of the location of disabled persons.
  • The emergency alarm in all campus buildings with the exception of the Dunton Tower, is the intermittent sounding of the horns or bells at a fixed rate. Occupants are to evacuate immediately and are not to return until the “All Clear”, a continuous sounding of the systems for 30 seconds, signals that it is safe to return to the building.

Requests for Assistance

During an emergency evacuation of a building, those individuals with special needs may require assistance in leaving the building. This assistance will be provided by the Ottawa Fire Service. The instructor or others in the department or the fire wardens will need to provide first-line help such as assisting someone to enter a stairwell that is a temporary haven from fire or to reach an emergency telephone and, if necessary, provide help in using it. Those with special training and equipment will provide the actual evacuation assistance.

The responsibility for identifying the special need lies with the individual who has that need. Individuals with a special need should complete the Emergency Evacuation – Request for Assistance form. The completed form should be returned to University Safety, where it will be kept on file. Current records will be updated and the file will be accessed in the event a building evacuation is required. All records retained will be confidential and information regarding these requests will only be released to those persons providing the assistance.

Please contact the Fire Safety Officer at (613) 520-2600 ext. 3611 for information regarding this procedure.

Request for Emergency Evacuation Assistance Form

Any student, staff or faculty member with special needs for assistance during a building evacuation has the responsibility to make this known to the University. The University cannot make an independent evaluation of such need. Assistance is usually needed by anyone with hearing, visual or mobility impairment.

The form is available below in PDF format, please complete the form and return it to the Department of University Safety.

Emergency Evacuation – Request for Assistance form

All information provided will be kept confidential and only the persons and agencies providing the required assistance will have access. Please advise University Safety when there is a change in any of this information. Information regarding the above is also included on the Human Resources Policies. See section E.7, page 111 on the following PDF document: Emergency Evacuation of Buildings and Assistance to Persons with Disabilities