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An updated edition of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) guide on how to plan for evacuating individuals with disabilities features an expanded, more detailed checklist for the personal evacuation planning process. It also includes updated statistics, graphics, photos and links.
The guide was originally created in 2007 to create a comprehensive evacuation planning strategy for the disabled community that establishes the needs, criteria and minimum information necessary for proper planning, says NFPA. It covers general categories of disabilities (mobility, visual, hearing, speech and cognitive impairments), and outlines the four elements of evacuation that occupants need in an emergency: notification, way finding, use of the way, and assistance.
The Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities guide is free and accessible online.
This Quick Read was submitted by Naomi Millán, senior editor of Building Operating Management magazine, firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about emergency evacuation strategies, go to http://www.facilitiesnet.com/15312bom