Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Friendly Reminder on How to Evacuate

Many people forget what to do or become panicked in the midst of an emergency. However, if you familiarize yourself with the proper steps, you are more likely to remember where to go and what to do. Below are the evacuation procedures from the Office of Emergency Management & Planning's website:

Become familiar with posted evacuation routes. Established alternate routes can be used in the event the primary route is blocked or unsafe.

During evacuation:

  • Evacuate quickly.

  • Follow instructions from emergency personnel and follow the directions provided for safe routes of evacuation.

  • Check doors for heat before opening. (Do not open door if hot).

  • Close the door as you exit your room or office.

  • Dress appropriately for the weather.

  • Take personal belongings.

  • Turn off unnecessary equipment, computers and appliances.

  • Walk, do not run. Do not push or crowd.

  • Keep noise to a minimum so you can hear emergency instructions. Use handrails in stairwells; stay to the right.

  • Assist people with disabilities to the Areas of Rescue Assistance.

  • Listen to a radio, if available, to monitor emergency status.

    • Do not use your personal vehicle for evacuation unless specifically instructed to do so. If cars are used to evacuate, protect against hazardous materials by keeping windows closed and outside air conditioning systems turned off.

      Relocating outside the building to the pre-arranged gathering point:

    • Move quickly away from the building.

    • Watch for falling glass and other debris.

    • Try to stay with your fellow employees so all can be accounted for.

    • If you have relocated away from the building, DO NOT return until notified that it is safe to do so.

    • 1 comment:

      1. Wow, what a great post. I really liked how the author stressed the importance of evacuation safety. There’s actually a great webinar online that discusses emergency preparedness in depth. It is really useful for businesses to ensure the safety of their workers and protect against citations.