The Department of Environmental Health and Safety recognizes that people with physical disabilities have special needs that must be met in the event of a fire or other emergency. While this department stands ready to meet individual needs of students with disabilities, each student has the responsibility to notify officials about these needs. If you are a resident on campus, there are four ways that Environmental Health and Safety can assist you:
1. At the start of each academic year, or whenever you move, leave your name, campus address, and type of disability with the Environmental Health and Safety department at 632-6410. This information will be readily available to rescuers in the event of a residence hall fire or other emergency.
2. A “buddy system” can be arranged with residence hall staff. Call the residence hall director of your quad, if you are interested. Be sure to speak to your professors at the beginning of the semester if you will need any assistance in case of fire or emergency. If you have a class above ground level, discuss your evacuation route with your professor so that assistance may be sent to you.
Do not use an elevator if you are above the ground floor during an emergency. Seek an area of safe refuge, for example, a stairwell or a room with closed doors. If you go to a stairwell, choose one opposite the source of the fire or smoke and wait in a spot out of the line of traffic. Be sure to ask people passing by to alert rescuers of your position. Be prepared to instruct others in how to carry you or move your wheelchair down a stairway.
Environmental Health and Safety has an Evacuation Chair that can be used to rescue students with mobility impairments. If you stay in a room, attract attention by waving a large cloth or coat out of a window while calling for help. See http://ws.cc.stonybrook.edu/ehs/fire/disabilities.shtml for more details.
3. Special adaptations can be arranged to make fire alarms effective for all persons. A smoke detector with flashing lights is available for hearing impaired students. Contact Environmental Health and Safety if you would like this service.