Emergency Planning

Students with disabilities are advised to prepare for an emergency ahead of time and to familiarize themselves with the College’s Emergency Response Guide. All students should know the location of exits, exit routes, stairways and elevators.  Individuals who will need assistance leaving a building during an emergency should discuss their circumstances with the Director of Access Services as early as possible. The Director can be reached at (610) 526-7351 or dalder@brynmawr.edu.

Students with disabilities should plan ahead to make certain that emergency responders know your location, especially if you are unable to leave a building on your own. If you typically use an elevator to access a floor of a building, know that the elevator should not be used to exit during a fire alarm.  Students are advised to carry a charged cell phone, as well.

Follow these steps, in the event of an emergency:

  1. Alert others in your vicinity that you will remain in the building. Tell them where you will be. Stairwells with self-closing doors are fire-resistant and are the best places to take shelter during an emergency.
  2. Direct someone nearby (ideally a responsible staff or faculty member) to tell emergency responders your location.
  3. Use your cell phone to call Campus Safety, 610-526-7911, and tell them where you are located.

Students who might need assistance evacuating a building are also encouraged to give permission for the Director of Access Services to notify Campus Safety of their dorm room location. We also recommend that you give permission for Campus Safety to share the location of your dorm residence with local emergency responders in case they need to be contacted.

Students with hearing impairments who require specialty (strobe, bed shaker) fire alarms in their sleeping rooms should inform the Director of Access Services of this need when they are admitted and any time they change room assignments.

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Contact Us

Access Services

Access Services
Eugenia Chase Guild Hall, Room 103
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
Fax: 610-526-7451

Deb Alder, Director of Access Services
dalder@brynmawr.edu
Phone: 610-526-7516
Office Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday

Grace Cipressi, Assistive Technology Specialist
gcipressi@brynmawr.edu
Phone: 610-526-5470
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday