""BUDDY SYSTEM" OPTIONDuring the first week of classes or employment, make acquaintances with fellow students, residents, class members, or office workers. Inform them of any special assistance that may be required in the event of a fire alarm (i.e., hearing the alarm, guidance during evacuation, etc.) When the fire alarm sounds, the "Buddy" (or assistant) will make sure of the location of the person with a disability, then go outside and inform emergency personnel that a person in that location needs assistance in leaving the building. Emergency personnel will then enter the building and evacuate that person.
Unless danger is imminent, remain in a room with an exterior window and a telephone, closing the door if possible. Call Rutgers Police (obtain an outside line and dial 9-1 1) and give your name, location and reason you are calling. The dispatcher will relay the information to on-scene emergency personnel. Phone lines normally remain in service during most building emergencies. If the phone lines fail, the individual can signal from the window by waving a cloth or other visible object."
- Evacuation of Individuals with Physical Disabilities, Rutgers University Institutional Planning and Operations