What to do in an evacuation

  • Be aware of all the marked exits from your area and building.
  • When the building evacuation alarm is sounded or when you are ordered to leave by the Police/college staff, walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  • Make sure all students have evacuated the classroom or lab.
  • Assist the disabled in exiting the building and escort them to PE13 if it is safe to do so, unless otherwise directed (see guidelines below).
  • To the best of your ability, and without re-entering the building, assist the police or college staff in determining whether everyone has evacuated.
  • Once outside, proceed to the football field if it is safe to do so, unless otherwise directed. Keep walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Do not return to a building until told to do so.

Locations to meet rides or be picked up in an emergency

  • For disabled students:  VTA paratransit should use the Peppertree (east) entrance to pick up disabled students from PE 13 unless otherwise directed.
  • For all other students: Parking Lot D, near the Kirsch Center, has been designated as the student pickup area. People picking up students other than disabled students should use the McClellan entrance to reach Lot D.

Assisting Students with Disabilities

Visually Impaired Individuals

  1. Explain the nature of the emergency. Alarms or confusion may disorient a person, even when they are normally familiar with the area.
  2. Guide the persont or provide someone to serve as guide. Students will take the guide's arm below the elbow and will follow.
  3. Tell the person where you are as you walk.
  4. Advise the person of any obstacles in the way.
  5. When you have reached safety, orient the person to where they are and ask if they need any further assistance before you leave.

Hearing Impaired Individuals

  1. If you need to get the person's attention, try flashing room lights, waving your arms or tapping the person's shoulder.
  2. Use gestures to explain what is happening and what to do.
  3. Write on a whiteboard or paper a brief description of the emergency and evacuation route.

Mobility Impaired Individuals

  1. Always ask first if the person has special needs or requirements.
  2. Individuals using wheelchairs can be pushed or accompanied to safety.
  3. Individuals using canes, crutches, or walkers should evacuate themselves except in the event that rapid evacuation is deemed essential.
  4. Call the Building Monitor, Security, Disability Support Services or other trained college personnel and wait for help before transferring a person from a wheelchair or transporting a person on a stairway, unless the situation is imminently life threatening.
  5. Wheelchairs for emergency use are located in PE 13 and the Health Services office (Lower Level of Campus Center).

Evacuation Chairs

Special evacuation chairs may be used for stairway evacuation or to transport injured or non-ambulatory individuals. These are mounted near the stairwells in the following building locations

A 1

Chair is at bottom of stair well. Use 44D key to unlock.

ATC

Chair is on second floor on right wall. Use 44D key to unlock.

Kirsch Center

Chair is in division office on left.

Library

Chair is on second floor by main elevator. Use 44D key to unlock.

LCW 
Chair is at bottom of stair well. Use 44D key to unlock. 
 Science Center 2
Chair is on second floor near passenger elevator. Use 44D key to unlock.
 Student Services
Chair is on second floor on wall outside conference room. Use 44D key to unlock.
 PE
Two chairs mounted on wall next to shed on pool deck. Use 44D key to unlock. 
VPAC
Chair located on second floor by main elevator. Use 44D key to unlock.
 PE 11
Chair located on second floor by main elevator. Use 44D key to unlock.
 MLC 2
Chair located on second floor by main elevators. Use 44D key to unlock.

Each evacuation chair has instructions on the back. You can also borrow an instuctional video in DVD format from the Health Services office, 408.864.8733.

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