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New Emergency Evacuation Guide for People with Disabilities Released
A new Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities was developed and issued recently by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
The document provides general information to assist in identifying the needs of people with disabilities related to emergency evacuation planning.
The guide addresses the need for evacuation plans to include everyone, and highlights the needs, criteria, and minimum information required to incorporate appropriate planning strategies for people with disabilities into these plans.
Five general categories of disabilities covered in the guide include mobility impairments, visual impairments, hearing impairments, speech impairments, and cognitive impairments. Four elements of evacuation information needed by occupants are: notification, way finding, use of way, and assistance.
The guide also includes a personal emergency evacuation planning checklist that building services managers and people with disabilities can use to design a personalized evacuation plan.
The guide is a valuable resource for people with disabilities as well as employers, building owners and managers, and others involved in developing emergency evacuation plans.