Practising evacuation drills is an important part of any workplaces emergency planning. As they say, practice makes perfect, and this extends to the area of emergency evacuations also. If people are familiar with the egress arrangements and have rehearsed how to get out of the building, there is a much higher chance of a successful evacuation. This obviously extends to all building occupants, even those who will be challenged in their evacuation path (which is more reason to practice).
For example, one survivor of the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, who is blind used a combination of his guide dog, associates and past experience in the participation of the building evacuation drills to safely exit the building. He is quoted as saying “I knew the evacuation procedures, I attended all the building fire drills, I knew the exit routes. So when the attacks hit, I had a sense of preparedness, self-sufficiency, and the confidence to take a leading position in evacuating myself and others to safety” (Isaacson-Kailes, cited in National Council on Disability 2005).
Therefore, everyone must take part in the evacuations.
At EgressAbility™, we can watch these evacuation drills and report back on our observations.
EgressAbility™ can identify areas where a person with a disability may be exposed or not considered during the evacuation drill.
- Does the PEEP work?
- Do co-workers assist this person?
- Can all people hear or identify the alarms?
- Can they move safely to an exit?
These are the sorts of questions we will be asking.