DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IN HIGH-RISE COMPLEXE’S. Disaster & Immediate Evacuation. “Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures”. Evacuating Handicapped/Special Needs Residents.
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“Drastic Times Call For
INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY NEED SPECIAL AID IN THE EVENT OF AN EVACUATION ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAN AHEAD WITH NEIGHBORS OR FRIENDS FOR ASSISTANCE. If help is not readily available, residents may call their local emergency services for assistance.
From the start, communities should focus the resources needed for a successful mitigation planning process. Essential steps include identifying and organizing interested members of the community as well as the technical expertise required during the planning process.
Next, communities need to identify the characteristics and potential consequences of natural hazards. It is important to understand how much of the community can be affected by specific hazards and what the impacts would be for important community assets.
Armed with the understanding of the risks posed by natural hazards, communities need to determine what their priorities should be and then look at possible ways to avoid or minimize the undesired effects. The results is a natural hazard mitigation plan and strategy for implementation.
Communities can bring the plan to life in a variety of ways ranging from implementing specific mitigation projects to changes in the day-to-day operation of the local government. To ensure the success of an on-going program, it is critical that the plan remains effective. Thus, it is important to conduct periodic evaluations and make revisions as needed.
When community evacuations become necessary, local officials provide information to the public through the media. In some circumstances, other warning methods, such as sirens or telephone calls, also are used.
Additionally, there may be circumstances under which you and your family feel threatened or endangered and you need to leave your home, school, or workplace to avoid these situations. The amount of time you have to leave will depend on the hazard. If the event is a weather condition, such as a hurricane that can be monitored, you might have a day or two to get ready. However, many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most basic necessities, which is why planning ahead is essential.
Establishing an E.A.P. (Emergency Action Plan) should be your first line of defense. A P.A.C. (Plan Action Committee), should be the next logical step in disaster planning. After the implementing of all your well, constructed, planning, you are now ready to: PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! DRILL! DRILL! DRILL! TRAIN! TRAIN! TRAIN! Empowering people to Empower people.