Those needing assistance in evacuating should contact their local campus police office or advisor before the start of class so arrangements for evacuation can be made ahead of time. Also, please visit our LSC Disability Services webpage for more information. Preparation, which includes practice, is the key to success in dealing with a disaster. Preparation
is an ongoing process. Keep in mind that the usual means of support and assistance may not be available during or after an emergency.
Discuss your emergency plans with your faculty or advisor.
Find a buddy who could walk with you to assist you if other means of transportation are unavailable.
Notify Campus Police to add you to a list of those with special needs.
Keep a list of people who can help and their telephone numbers.
If you use a cane, keep a spare cane with you to help you maneuver around obstacles and hazards.
Service animals may become confused, panicked, frightened, or disoriented during and after an emergency. Keep them securely leashed, harnessed, or confined. Be prepared to use alternate ways to negotiate your environment.
Ask to have the television and displays of news announced slowly and repeated frequently for those who cannot read the screen.
People with Hearing Disabilities
If possible, have extra batteries for hearing aids and implants, and light phone signaler available.
Determine how you will communicate with emergency personnel if there is no interpreter or if you do not have your hearing aids. Keep paper and pens on you for this purpose.
Consider carrying a pre-printed copy of important messages with you, such as “I speak American Sign Language (ASL) and need an ASL interpreter. I do not write or read English.”
If you know you will need assistance to evacuate during an emergency, please register by calling X5911 or 281.290.5911.
Register before a disaster actually occurs. X5911 services are available 24 hours a day to assist you.