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Emergencies

There may be an occasion when a situation arises in the classroom involving a student with a disability that requires immediate intervention. The most likely examples are seizures, diabetic shock (insulin reaction,) and heart attacks. Should such a situation arise, call Public Safety (836-2222) immediately. Give the building name, room number, and description of the emergency. Although an ambulance is usually not needed for most seizure incidents and insulin reactions, Campus Police may transport the student for additional treatment and observation until the situation is under control.

  • Students with Seizure Disorders
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • Students with Visual Impairments
  • Students with Hearing Impairments

Students with Seizure Disorders

In the event that a student does experience a seizure in the classroom, the following actions are suggested:

  1. Keep calm. Ease the person to the floor and open the collar of the shirt. You cannot stop the seizure. Let it run its course and do not try to revive the person.

  2. Remove hard, sharp, or hot objects which may injure the person, but do not interfere with the person's movements.

  3. Do not force anything between the person's teeth.

  4. Turn the person's head to one side for release of saliva. Place something soft under the head.

  5. Make sure that breathing is unobstructed but do not be concerned if breathing is irregular.

  6. When the person regains consciousness, let her/him rest as long as desired.

  7. If the seizure lasts beyond a few minutes, or if the person seems to pass from one seizure to another without regaining consciousness, contact emergency medical technicians. This rarely happens, but when it does, it should be treated immediately.

Emergency Evacuation

  1. The University shall provide appropriate signs at each Rescue Assistance Area signelevator door informing persons of the nearest evacuation route, rescue assistance area and procedure. The signs shall be in compliance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act.)  See the Building Evacuation Guidlines Brochure for more information.

  2. To ensure proper evacuation, it is the responsibility of the person with a disability to follow established evacuation procedures.

  3. City of Eau Claire Fire Department and UW-Eau Claire Public Safety personnel will determine whether the alarm is false or real. Upon confirmation of an actual fire or other emergency requiring evacuation, University Police, if advised, will notify the Eau Claire Fire Department that a person with a disability is awaiting evacuation and the location of the individual. When possible, an "all clear" message or essential instructions will be given through the public address system.

  4. When an alarm sounds, individuals with disabilities shall go to a rescue assistance area with a "buddy" and wait for instructions or assistance. The "buddy" will verify the location of the person and notify emergency personnel of the location of the person needing assistance in leaving the building.

  5. The Eau Claire Fire Department is responsible for the evacuation of persons with disabilities.

  6. UW-Eau Claire employees and students are not expected to evacuate wheel chair users or any other person with a disability. Any assistance for evacuation is to be voluntary. They should notify University Police or Eau Claire Fire Department personnel if they know that a person with a disability needs evacuation assistance.

  7. The building coordinator, dean, department chair, or director shall ensure that the evacuation procedures are made available to all students and employees.

Students with Visual Impairments 

Most students with visual impairments will be familiar with the immediate area they are in. In the event of an emergency, tell the student the nature of the emergency and offer to guide the student to the nearest exit. Have the student take your elbow and escort him or her (this is the preferred method when acting as a "sighted guide.") As you walk, tell the person where you are and advise him or her of any obstacles. When you have reached safety, orient the person to where he or she is and ask if any further assistance is needed.

Students with Hearing Impairments 

Since persons with impaired hearing may not perceive audio emergency alarms, an alternative warning technique is required. Two methods of warning are the following:

  1. Write a note telling what the emergency is and the nearest evacuation route. (Example: "Fire - go out rear door to right and down. Now!")

  2. Turn the light switch on and off to gain attention; then indicate through gestures or in writing what is happening and what to do. It may be prudent to walk with the student with a hearing impairment as you leave the building.

Building Evacuation Guidelines Brochure

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