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- To be better prepared in the event of an emergency, all students with disabilities who may need assistance during such an event are encouraged to register with the office of AccessABILITY by calling 212-772-4857. For more information, please visit our website.
- Please make sure to participate in fire/evacuation drills to better familiarize yourself with the process of an emergency evacuation. Become familiar with the layout of the campus (stairways, exit points, alarm/call boxes, public safety stations, etc.).
- During emergencies, please inform any Hunter College staff of any assistance you may need. Hunter College staff may include (but are not limited to) public safety officers, fire wardens, your instructor or other clearly identified Hunter College staff or personnel.
- During an emergency, please follow directions from public safety officers, fire wardens, the public address system or other Hunter College staff (i.e. your instructor or other staff). Please be aware that evacuation may be difficult or impossible, and at times unsafe because of obstacles in your path. Additionally, elevators may not work or you may head towards danger without realizing or impact rescue/emergency operations. Therefore it is imperative to follow directions.
- Be very aware of where you are. Keep note of what building you are in, the floor and room number, hallway location. Take note of exit signs, alarm stations, emergency telephones or call boxes and public safety stations. Knowing this information can be instrumental to your safety.
- If you are told to evacuate but are unable to do so due to your disability, call the Office of Public Safety at 212- 772-4447 or alert someone (Hunter College staff, student, visitor, anybody) so they can send help. As noted above, be very clear regarding your location. Also let the person know of your disability (i.e. blind/visual impairment, deaf/hard of hearing, mobility/wheelchair, respiratory, panic or anxiety disorders, or any other medical condition) so that rescue workers will be best prepared to offer assistance.
- If danger is imminent, get to a place of safety. Stay alert and look for rescue workers. Help will come as soon as possible. If you are able to evacuate AFTER requesting help, alert the Office of Public Safety so they can notify and/or recall rescue workers.
- Remember, don’t panic and stay calm. Help is on its way!