In the event of an emergency, determine the nearest exit to your location and the best route to follow. If time permits during the evacuation, secure your workplace and take personal items. In most emergencies, complete evacuation of the campus is not necessary. If however, there are hazardous materials released, flooding or other major incident, it may be necessary to relocate all university students, faculty, and staff to a safer location.


  1. Walk, Do Not Run!
  2. Do not use elevators.
  3. Those that are unable to rapidly evacuate the building should move to a stairwell landing and wait for assistance from trained first responders. Elevators should not be used in the case of fire. Inform first responders and the Campus Police Department of persons who have not been evacuated.
  4. Gather outside at your designated area. Report any special circumstances to the Emergency Response Team or Campus Police.
  5. If you cannot return to your building, wait for instructions from Campus Police.


Individuals Who Use Wheelchairs or are Otherwise Mobility Impaired: 

  • If on ground floor – Leave the building at the nearest safe exit.
  • If on above or below ground floor - Predetermine the safest plan of action considering your particular physical circumstances and the areas you will be in, with advice from your physician. 

The following general procedures are suggested by fire department and emergency personnel: 

  • In all areas you frequent, become familiar with location of at least two exits, alarm provisions, safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, storm shelter areas, and evacuation staging areas.
  • Before an emergency, choose at least two peers or fellow employees who are willing and able to assist you, if assistance may be needed in carrying you with or without the wheelchair to safety.
  • Ask faculty, supervisor, or building contact (or Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Affairs) if help is needed in getting volunteers.
  • Discuss with assistants and practice, if possible, the safest method for moving you up or down a stairway. If you have difficulty being understood, develop a card containing all appropriate instructions and carry it with you.
  • Carry a loud whistle or similar device you can operate, for use in the event you become trapped during an emergency. If not in immediate danger, wait till traffic has thinned, inform faculty or supervisor, then go with assistants to a Designated Rescue Area, usually beside an exit stairway or a room near the exit stairway with a door that closes, a window and preferably a telephone. If near a telephone, dial 911 and/or Campus Police at(601)877-3000 and inform dispatchers where you are. Assistants should then exit to alert emergency responders. Wait for trained emergency responders to assist you from the building.
  • If in immediate danger, inform assistants of safest way to move you up or down stairs


  • Persons on respirators should be given priority assistance in emergencies involving smoke or fumes because their ability to breathe is seriously jeopardized.
  • There are many different types of wheelchairs which have many movable or weak parts which are not built to withstand the stress of lifting.
  • Remove batteries from an electric wheelchair before attempting to transport it.

Individuals with Vision Limitations or Hearing Impairment 


Follow the process above in predetermining emergency evacuation routes and assuring a volunteer (which could be a faculty or staff member) is assigned to inform you of the danger and assist you, if needed, out the safest evacuation route. It may be advisable to wait until the traffic has thinned.

 ALL Building Coordinators are responsible for securing the Voluntary Registry for Persons Requesting Additional Assistance form from all persons with disabilities in their assigned building.

ALL persons with disabilities must completing the Voluntary Registry for Persons Requesting Additional Assistance form.