Evacuation Action Plans

 

Prepare now in the event of an evacuation in the workplace.
 
Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Fires and floods cause evacuations most frequently across the U.S.
 
Emergency evacuation plans are developed to ensure the safest and most efficient evacuation time of all expected employees present at the time of evacuation.  Proper planning will use multiple exits and strategies based on the companies industry and structure to ensure full, fast and complete evacuation. Consideration for personal situations which may affect an individual's ability to evacuate is taken into account, including alarm signals that use both aural and visual alerts, and also evacuation equipment such as sleds, pads, and chairs for non-ambulatory people. Practices such as "fire drills" can be used to reduce the possibility of panic by allowing individuals to process the need to self-evacuate without causing alarm. The most common equipment in buildings to facilitate emergency evacuations are fire alarms, exit signs, and emergency lights. Some structures need special emergency exits or fire escapes to ensure the availability of alternative escape paths. Many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most basic necessities, which is why planning ahead is essential.
 
If you do not currently have an EAP (Evacuation Action Plan), here is a helpful tool to help you create one. You may also contact your local fire department for a free evaluation and training.

By Amy Walker/HR Generalist

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