Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities

Students, staff, and faculty with disabilities are vulnerable, like all members of the campus community, to the various disasters and emergencies that might affect the UW–Madison campus. To mitigate these vulnerabilities, individuals with disabilities should take additional steps to prepare themselves. Preparing for disasters and emergencies is easy — just remember three simply steps: get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.

Emergency Evacuation Guideline

Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), UW–Madison has developed emergency planning guidelines for individuals with disabilities. It is a general requirement that emergency procedures are pre-planned and that planning should consider the needs of all occupants. It is therefore essential to make attempts to identify the needs of disabled people and, where necessary and possible, to make proper arrangements for their assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation.

Visit FP&M’s Disability Resource Guide website on adaptive procedures for persons with disabilities »

Evacuation Plan Development

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to create an individual evacuation plan. These plans are designed to meet your specific needs and are offered to any campus community member with a disability. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to create an individual evacuation plan. The goal of the plan is to provide people who (in case of emergency evacuation) cannot get themselves out of a building unaided with the necessary information to manage their escape to a place of safety and to give departments necessary information to ensure that the correct level of assistance is always available.

Once developed, the plan will be the intended means of escape in the event of an emergency (including drills). If a practice drill identifies concerns in the implementation of the evacuation, individuals should contact resources mentioned above for assistance in finding suitable solutions. You will be provided with any additional information necessary about the emergency egress procedures in the building(s) you attend.

To begin the process of developing your individual evacuation plan, complete the Emergency Evacuation Questionnaire. You may also contact Vorakiat “Top” Tantivivat via email or by calling 608-263-3021.

Additional Resources