If an individual with mobility impairment is on the second floor of a building or above, or in the basement, he or she may need assistance leaving the building during an emergency or during an elevator failure.

Ambulatory Individuals
Ambulatory individuals are those people with disabilities that require special assistance during an evacuation. Examples include people who are blind or deaf or whose mobility is restricted by the use of walkers or crutches. You should help these individuals by:

  • Guiding them to the stairwell of the building and waiting near the stairwell until it is clear.
  • Assisting them in walking down the stairwell and outside to the assembly area.

Non-Ambulatory Individuals
Non-ambulatory individuals are those people with disabilities that require the use of wheelchairs. You should assist these individuals by:

  • Call University Police at (859) 572-7777 or dial 911 (identify yourself as an NKU employee or student). Advise them of the situation and the location of the individual.

  • Moving the individual to the nearest stairwell and awaiting assistance.

  • If the hazard becomes life-threatening (i.e., the fire is getting close or the smoke becomes choking) move the individual into a room and close the door. Vacate the building and immediately tell the emergency responders (University Police or Fire Department) where the individual is located.