Evacuation of People with Disabilities

Know your surroundings and plan for emergencies. If an emergency occurs, someone must notify firefighters or police that disabled individuals need to be evacuated.

Ambulatory Disability

  • Proceed to the nearest stairway with an escort and await assistance from an emergency response team (such as the fire department).
  • Do not use elevators unless directed to do so by the emergency response team.
  • If the stairway becomes smoke-filled or unsafe, go to another stairway.

If this is not possible, find a room with a window, close the door, and call 911. If no phone is available, signal from a window and shout at regular intervals to alert emergency personnel.


  • An escort may be beneficial.
  • Evacuate yourself with other building occupants.