Proceed to the area in the building that has been designated by Northwest Environmental Health and Safety Department for your department.
The safest place to be is in the interior hallway on the lowest floor. If it's not possible to be on the lowest floor, get to an interior hallway. The most important rule is to get away from windows. If possible, get under a sturdy table or some other structure.
Most elevators will not operate (should not be used) during a fire alarm.
If there is no immediate danger (obvious smoke or fire), a person with mobility limitations should either stay in place or be moved to an emergency exit stairwell. These are considered "Areas of Refuge".
Report the situation and location to emergency response personnel.
Emergency personnel will determine the nature of the situation and decide upon appropriate response.
It is extremely important that the person with mobility limitations not be moved unnecessarily and improperly, possibly causing further physical injury.
Officials may decide that no evacuation is necessary, they may remove the person using the elevator with an override key, or they may carry the person out of the building using special techniques and evacuation chairs.
If there is imminent danger and evacuation cannot be delayed, the person with a disability should be carried or helped from the building in the best and fastest manner.
The person with a disability is the best authority as to how to be moved out of the building. The best procedure is to let professional emergency personnel assist in the evacuation.
Adapted from: Ball State University
Additional Evacuation Considerations:
Wheelchairs have many movable or weak parts that were not constructed to withstand the distress of lifting (e.g., the seat bar, foot plates, wheels, movable arm rests).
Some persons in wheelchairs may have electric artificial respirators attached. These persons should be given priority assistance if smoke and fumes are present, since their ability to breathe will be seriously jeopardized.
Some persons have no strength in their upper trunk or neck.
If the wheelchair is left behind, remove it from the stairwell and leave it where it does not block others.
Remove the batteries from a power wheelchair before attempting to transport it. Make sure that the foot rests are locked and the motor is off.
If a seat belt is available, secure the person in the chair.
If you are carrying a person more than three flights, a relay team may be needed.