Emergency Preparedness For Persons with a Disability
Emergency preparedness means being ready for different situations, learning from experiences, and improving future readiness. At the University of Maryland, everyone plays a role in this effort. Check out the Office of Emergency Management and Business Continuity website for resources. Here's some information on your role:
Before and During an Emergency
- Know where exits, alarms, and fire extinguishers are
- Save campus emergency numbers in your phone
- Sign up for the UMD Alert System
- Be aware of your location.
- Have a buddy for assistance during emergencies
- Self-request help from friends or colleagues if needed
- Know the buildings you frequent and practice evacuation routes
- Find a refuge location if evacuation is not possible
- Report your location to emergency responders
- Verify assistive device users can evacuate unassisted
- Create evacuation plans considering specific disabilities:
- Low vision or blindness
- Deaf or hard of hearing
- Crutches, canes, walkers
Tips for Individuals With disabilities
- Know evacuation routes and alternate paths
- Use the buddy system with trained friends
- Practice evacuation routes
- Plan alternative evacuations
- Find helpers to carry you and your equipment
- Ensure safety during lifting
- Talk to ADS/UHR/Faculty Affairs about accommodations
- Develop a buddy system
- Stay connected to UMD ALERT
- Review evacuation plans regularly
- Walk through scenarios
Tips for Evacuation Assistance Buddies
- Help with visual and verbal guidance for those with low vision or blindness.
- Communicate through writing or gestures for Deaf or hard of hearing individuals.
- Assist mobility-restricted people to a safe area.
- Avoid lifting people in wheelchairs and ensure their needs are met.