University of Kentucky
It is the University
of Kentucky's policy that all Residence Halls must be evacuated upon activation
of a fire alarm system. If someone has a physical or medical condition that
would not allow them to evacuate without some form a assistance in evacuating,
the policy permits that person to be evacuated to the nearest stairway for
the Fire Department to evacuate when necessary.
has been brought to our attention that in some cases a student in their
room would need to be placed in a wheelchair to evacuate. In these situations
it would require the Housing Staff or another student to put their personal
safety in jeopardy and risk harming the bedfast student to assist them
to their chair for evacuation.
In an effort to resolve
this issue the following changes have been made:
- An ADA student
is to be issued an "Emergency Assistance Card". This card
will identify the student and their location in the residence hall.
This card should be given to another resident on their way out of the
building by the card's owner. The resident upon evacuation should give
the card and the location of the ADA student to the nearest fireman.
These cards can be used in any building on campus, but the student needing
help should always give their current location to the person who receives
- Since not all
students are capable of giving their card to another individual during
evacuation because of their differing abilities, a list of all residents
requiring assistance will be kept in the Fire Alarm Control Panel in
each residence hall. This list will be located by the first arriving
fire company. The fire department will make the determination as to
how quickly the students needing additional support during evacuation
will need to be evacuated. If a resident is not in danger the Fire Department
will leave them in a safe location. Evacuation will be a last resort.
- An Emergency Assistance
Card can be issued to residents with temporary conditions that would
keep them from evacuating upon activation of the fire alarm. Jake Karnes
will determine which of these students has a condition that warrants
If the student has
the ability to make their way to the stairwell, the student should evacuate
to this location. The stairways are all fire rated and the students will
be visible to the incoming firemen, which makes their evacuation easier