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Snow and Ice Removal Plan

Snow and Ice Removal Plan

    The prioritization of snow and ice removal focuses on the interior campus. Buildings in which students with specific mobility needs have classes will be incorporated into the prioritization. These buildings will be based on the schedules of students who have self-identified to SDS. Student schedules will be gathered at the beginning of each semester. You are encouraged to call SDS (744-7116) to be sure your schedule is on file. Use of the campus bus/transit is highly encouraged to get onto campus, utilizing the Hester and Monroe stops. With advance notice, paratransit is willing to come to the door (as close as possible) for pick-up.

To the greatest extent possible the accessible entrances, ramps, and nearby curb cuts for each building will be cleared. Building custodial staff will work to clear entries and paths around their respective buildings.

It is the responsibility of the Physical Plant Services’ Grounds department to provide the necessary services to ensure the safe pedestrian movement on campus sidewalks and building entrances.  The control measures taken to accomplish this goal will vary depending on the type and timing of ice/snow.  All sidewalks are designated either as a “primary” or “secondary” sidewalk.  “Primary” sidewalks are those with high traffic counts or have a critical need (e.g. the main East/West sidewalks in front of Whitehurst and the Library; North/South sidewalks along Monroe and Hester streets; and entry points to buildings).

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Snow will be plowed, swept, melting agents applied, and/or sanded depending on which method is most appropriate for the type and amount of snow/ice accumulation.  Individuals are encouraged to call the Physical Plant Action Desk (744-7154) to report high traffic areas that need attention.

In addition, Residential Life will keep crews apprised of key paths of travel that need to be cleared from residences to parking lots.  If your entrance needs attention, call 744-5353 (push “03” after the beep when calling after hours), and every effort will be made to clear a path of travel to a pick-up point for the transit bus or your vehicle.  It is necessary to give as much advance notice as possible.

Any difficulties, obstacles, or problems that arise due to the snow and ice removal are to be directed to Physical Plant Action Desk (744-7154) immediately.  Such issues would include bus/transit, uncleared areas identified above, and academic dilemmas due to lateness/attendance.

Although it happens infrequently, it is important to be prepared and address the difficulty that inclement weather brings.  This plan is OSU’s piece to help ensure access.  Knowing how to use the bus/transit, allowing additional time for travel, being aware of how buildings “connect,” and notifying Physical Plant Action Desk (744-7154) of concerns are the pieces that you can bring to help ensure success.  With cooperation all things are possible.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

To ensure personal safety in emergency situations, the following guidelines should be observed by students with disabilities in advance of an emergency.  Notify instructors and/or classmates of the type of assistance you need during an emergency situation.

In the event of a fire, immediate and complete evacuations are preferred if it can be accomplished in a safe manner.  If immediate and complete evacuation is not possible, ask someone to assist you to a “safe area,” such as an enclosed stairwell, until emergency personnel arrive and complete evacuation.  The assisting individual should stay with you until emergency personnel arrive.  In addition, you should ask a second person to immediately notify emergency personnel of your location and the type of assistance required.

In the event of a tornado warning, you should utilize elevators and proceed to the lowest floor of the building.  Request assistance from instructors or classmates if assistance is needed.  If elevator use is not possible, then fire evacuation procedures should be followed.  Once you have reached the lowest possible floor, remain in the corridors away from windows and exterior doors.