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By stepknee - / Wednesday 14 October 2009 02:31 / United States
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elevators can be death traps in a real fire, and are reserved for the fire dept to use to fight the fire anyway. your RA/School staff should have been aware of your injury, and made a plan to help you, and any other resident with mobility/health issues to get whatever assistance needed to safely evacuate. try talking to the housing dept, or, if they are stubborn, contact the FD on the non-emergency line, and ask why the evac plan for the school doesn't address injured or disabled persons. if there is no plan, its a serious shortcoming that needs to be addressed. if they just forgot you, someone needs to get their butt chewed out.

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It might be possible that he found out it was a drill after the fact. Or, like in my old dorm, during a drill the RA's would check every room on their floor to make sure you didnt try to skip the drill.

elevators can be death traps in a real fire, and are reserved for the fire dept to use to fight the fire anyway. your RA/School staff should have been aware of your injury, and made a plan to help you, and any other resident with mobility/health issues to get whatever assistance needed to safely evacuate. try talking to the housing dept, or, if they are stubborn, contact the FD on the non-emergency line, and ask why the evac plan for the school doesn't address injured or disabled persons. if there is no plan, its a serious shortcoming that needs to be addressed. if they just forgot you, someone needs to get their butt chewed out.

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..hmm.. then again, it would be a great help paying for the rest of their education. depending on how much the school costs. a friend of mine attends some univ. in Florida is paying 400K a semester...

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I shattered my kneecap and never used a wheelchair or crutches. I just had my leg in a splint the whole time. All you basically need to do is keep your leg straight and you can still walk everywhere - it's just a whole lot more awkward, and on stairs it's especially slow.

During fire drills~since, obviously, your RA knew you were injured~they SHOULD just check you as "out" or however they keep track~you need to stand in the stairwell landing and just wait. During a REAL fire, you're still supposed to wait (for as long as safely possible) in the stairwell landing and let the fire-rescue people evacuate you (and others with mobility issues~they have a special chair that can do stairs for just that purpose, and having a slowpoke on the stairs blocking the speedy exit of others can make a bad situation worse. I broke my knee winter 08 at school, this was the procedure outlined to me. I also got to use the special chair when the ambulance came (I couldn't walk, and I was on the top level of the parking garage) to take me to the hospital~it can do stairs and has special settings (it all has to do with the angle of the wheels and seat) so that you don't pick up a ton of speed going down inclines.

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