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.