Confronting the challenges of evacuating people with disabilitiesIndustry Insights 2014

CONFRONTING THE CHALLENGES OF EVACUATING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

November 5, 2014
Author: Deborah Hayes
Source: Emergency Management

Emergency Management magazine recently featured guidelines for planning emergency evacuations of people with disabilities, in cases where a disaster strikes whole communities. These tips are also useful for emergency managers at colleges and universities, commercial and industrial sites, health care facilities, and K-12 schools.

As the author points out, the two most challenging aspects of evacuation planning–and emergency planning overall–continue to be communications and transportation. For people with disabilities and for the overall population, Metis Secure believes that your emergency alerts and directives must:

  • Broadcast almost instantly, to maximize the time people have to respond and reach safety
  • Break through communication barriers by broadcasting via multiple communications modes
  • Prevent or minimize potential chaos by targeting just the people and locations affected by the emergency

Read the whole article here.

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