Disability Services

CCSJ Disability Services      

Emergency Procedures

Services to Students and Individuals with Disabilities
The safety of individuals with disabilities is a shared responsibility.  Calumet College is committed to developing and implementing procedures to assist individuals with disabilities during an emergency.  However, individuals with disabilities must create a personal emergency plan that addresses their needs before and during an evacuation.


  • Students who are concerned about their ability to safely evacuate in an emergency should register with Student Support Services. 

  • Visitors should fill out the Special Assistance form giving their cell phone number or check out a service pager available in the Library on the first floor. 

  • Pagers are also available for Students upon request.  Individuals will receive instruction on how to use the service pager during the first initial check out.

Pre-emergency Preparedness by the Disabled Individual

  • The assistance that an individual requires should be written down on the Special Assistance form/or card, and should be carried by the disabled individual at all times. 

  • The disabled individual should be familiar with all emergency exits and evacuation routes. 

  • The disabled individual should try to position himself/herself near doorways for an easier exit.

  • The disabled individual should develop a “buddy system.”  A buddy could be a classmate, class instructor, supervisor, co-worker or any individual.  The buddy should be familiar with the disabled individual’s assistance instructions from the Special Assistance form.  The buddy will assist individuals in arriving at all evacuation areas, and a buddy should stay with the individual at all times during an emergency until the emergency has expired. 

  • Be aware that elevators should NOT be used during emergencies.

  • If the disabled individual cannot speak loudly, or suffers from voice/speech impairments, the individual should carry a whistle, or have other means of attracting attention from others, at all times. 

 Emergency Guidelines

  • If an emergency should happen, individuals will be contacted either by cell phone or the service pager.

  • Elevators should NOT be used in an evacuation unless instructed by emergency personnel.

  • School materials or any accessories should be left in the classroom or other room occupied to avoid wasting time in the event of an evacuation.

  • In the event of an evacuation, students who are unable to exit the building on their own accord should remain near the stairwell or the elevator. Emergency personnel and/or Floor Wardens will check the stairwells and elevator lobbies for those who are trapped. Individuals on the first, second, third and fourth floors can use the red emergency phones located near the elevators to call for help or use their cell phones.

Assistance from Others During an Emergency

The highest priority will be given to evacuate students with disabilities in all emergency situations.  If an individual wants to help a person with a disability, always ask how you can help before giving assistance.  The following guidelines should be used in assisting individuals with specific disabilities.

  • Mobility impairment

    • A wheelchair evacuation will only be attempted by a trained professional or unless it is necessary as a last resort in a life threatening situation. 

    • If located on an upper floor, individuals may be assisted to a stairwell landing to await evacuation or further instructions from Fire/Rescue or Police. 

    • If individuals can walk with assistance, a “buddy” should assist and accompany the individual.

    • Notify Police or Fire/Rescue authorities of a mobility impaired individual who may need assistance. 

    • If a person prefers to be removed from their wheelchair, always consult with the person as to his/her preference of:

      -the manner of being removed,
      -the number of people needed for assistance,
      -whether to extend extremities,
      -whether a seat cushion or pad must be brought with,
      -being carried forward or backward on stairs,
      -the need for immediate paramedic assistance upon exiting the building.

  • Blindness or visual impairment

    • Those who have a service pager will be notified by the service pager in an emergency.

    • The disabled individual should wait for trained assistance in the case of an emergency.

    • In the event trained assistance is not available, wait for assistance from someone who can act as a sighted guide, possibly a “buddy.” The sighted guide will be able to provide assistance.

    • If possible, someone should follow behind to protect the individual from being pushed down in the event of crowding.

    • Tell the person the nature of the emergency and offer to guide the individual by offering an elbow.  Do NOT grasp a visually impaired person’s arm.

    • The person assisting should give verbal instructions as to where they are and advise of any obstacles as they evacuate the building. 

  • Deafness or hearing loss

    • Depending on the level of hearing loss, individuals with impaired hearing may or may not be able to hear the emergency alarm. Those who have a service pager will be notified by the service pager of an emergency.

    • An alternative warning technique may be used to gain the attention of individuals. Turning the lights off and on and using hand gestures or a written note should be used to describe the emergency.

    • Wait for trained assistance in the case of an emergency. In the event trained assistance is not available, an individual who can follow oral commands, possibly a “buddy,” should assist the disabled individual in evacuating.

Expectations of Staff and Faculty

  • At least two (2) routes out of the building will be identified visually in each room.

  • There will be a Building Coordinator and Floor Wardens.

  • The Building Coordinator will

    -develop a plan to communicate with Public Safety during an emergency and advise of any students with disabilities who might be in the building.
    -determine a gathering point for those evacuating from the building.
    -know all primary and alternate routes of evacuation.
    -ensure that all faculty and Floor Warden’s are familiar with the Emergency Procedures for individuals with disabilities.  

  • Each floor of the building shall have a Floor Warden who will

    -identify faculty and staff with disabilities who are frequently on the coordinator’s floor.
    -notify all individuals on the floor of an emergency and the proper course of evacuation.
    -evaluate whether based on the emergency it is best for the disabled individual to stay in his/her location.
    -notify the Building Coordinator, immediately if the situation is life threatening, of any disabled individuals on the Floor Warden’s floor.

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Angela Szczepanik-Sanchez, M.Ed., M.S.
Coordinator of Academic and Disability Services

Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Room: 403

Email: aszczepaniksanchez@ccsj.edu

Telephone: (219) 473-4349 (Indiana)
                      (773) 721-0202, Ext. 349 (Illinois)
                      1-877-700-9100 (Toll Free)

FAX: (219) 473-4277