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Evacuating an Office Building (Preparis)

Evacuating an Office Building (Preparis)



Every office building undergoes a fire drill at least once a year; yet, is that enough training for your tenants and employees to respond during an actual crisis? Do you have confidence your people ...

Every office building undergoes a fire drill at least once a year; yet, is that enough training for your tenants and employees to respond during an actual crisis? Do you have confidence your people would know how to effectively evacuate your building in the event of a fire, bomb threat, or when to shelter-in-place?
Join Preparis and our guest, Fire Inspector Doug Brown, as we discuss the best practices property managers should take for ensuring their tenants are trained to respond to an emergency. Inspector Brown has more than 40 years of experience as both a first responder and life safety educator designing all-hazards risk plans and training programs for dozens of buildings, including more than 60 commercial real estate properties in the Metro Atlanta area.
This 1-hour educational webinar includes:
• Developing a training plan for evacuating tenants
• Identifying gaps in your "all-hazards" risk mitigation program
• Resources and tools to help manage unexpected events
• Q&A



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    Evacuating an Office Building (Preparis) Evacuating an Office Building (Preparis) Presentation Transcript

    • Driving Business Continuity & Emergency Preparedness Evacuating Your Office Building 1 Aug. 19, 2013
    • Webinar Speakers 2 Nate Kristy VP of Marketing, Preparis Doug Brown Fire Inspector
    • Questions? 3 Submit questions on Twitter @preparis Q&A at end of presentation Slides will be emailed following webinar Use the Question Tool in Your Webinar Dashboard
    •  Introduction  Built-in Fire Protection Systems  Property Manager’s Responsibilities  Your Emergency Action Plan  “A Guidebook for Survival”  All Hazards Approach to Situational Awareness  Hit the Door or Hit the Floor?  Q & A Agenda 4
    • 5 Commercial Buildings Types, styles and occupancies  Occupancy types  Based upon primary use of building  Commercial (office, mercantile, industrial, etc.)  Residential (hotels, apartments, condos, etc.)  Institutional (schools, jails, hospitals, etc.)  The “Rise Family” - Low (2-3 stories) Mid (4-6 stories) High (7or> stories)
    • Built-in Fire Protection Systems 6 You’re safer than you think if your building has . . .  A fire sprinkler system  A fire alarm system  Fire restrictive construction
    • The Property Manager’s Responsibility 7 Leadership and direction  Emergency Action Plan (EAP)  Designed for your building  Addresses specific risks  Preparedness, response and recovery  Drills and exercises/up to date  Building Management Team (BMT)  Safety Director, Chief Engineer and Security Director  Building Emergency Team (BET)  Building staff and Floor or Area Wardens
    • Emergency Action Plan 8  The EAP is your Guidebook for Survival  Required by statutes (Federal and State)  Assigns responsibility/command structure  Plans for “all hazards” based on probability  Contains “what to do” instructions  Emergency Contact information  Fire Action Plan component  Fire prevention aspect  Actions if fire, smoke or fire alarm  Evacuation plan  Evacuation instructions  Shelter-in-place (certain circumstances)
    • All-Hazards Approach 9 Probability (risk analysis) and potential impact  Fire and/or Explosion  Medical Emergencies  Elevator entrapment  Extended power outages  Workplace violence: active shooter, bomb threat  Severe weather:  Hurricanes  Thunderstorms  Tornadoes and windstorms  Flooding  Winter storms (blizzards, ice, etc.)
    • Situational Awareness 10 Will you be a victim or a survivor?  Consciously aware/anticipating  Know what could happen  Know what is happening  Know what to do “if” . . .  Immediate and/or projected events  Dynamic environment/situation  Preventive and protective actions
    • Evacuate or Shelter in Place? 11 Hit the Door or Hit the Floor!
    • Evacuate or Shelter in Place? 12 It depends on the event and circumstances . . . EVACUATE if:  Imminent harm or danger is present or threatening  Flames or increasing smoke conditions  Fire alarm activates in building (on your floor in a high-rise) SHELTER in PLACE (or stand-by to evacuate) if:  No immediate threat is present  No fire alarm activation (on your floor in a high-rise)  Persons unable to self-evacuate
    • High-rises – Phased Evacuations 13 Difference in fire alarm activations for high-rises  Activation source from the “fire” floor –  via smoke detector, pull station or fire sprinkler flow  Fire alarm activates on three (3) floors –  floor of alarm, floor above and floor below  Minimizes interruption aspect for entire building  May be upgraded to additional floors or whole building  Reduces “people ” volume in stairwells EXCEPTION: Fire drills. Usually the whole building empties at once for the sake of time and expediency.
    • When It’s Time to Evacuate 14 Hit the Door!  Know where your EXITS are located  Exit routes or paths to the exits  Stairwells – use quickly but carefully  Go to the evacuation assembly area
    • Shelter-in-Place 15 Hit the Floor! Know the “areas of refuge” within your office to shelter:  Severe Weather (i.e., tornadoes) –  stairwells, basement, core of the building  Active Shooter or Workplace Violence  windowless rooms, locking doors, solid furniture  Go to an area of refuge in your building and stay there  Don’t leave until an “all clear” is given  Persons unable to self-evacuate – use the “buddy system”
    • Do’s and Don’ts of Evacuation 16 WHEN THE FIRE ALARM SOUNDS . . . DO:  Walk promptly, don’t run, to nearest exit / stairwell  Use handrail in stairs and watch your step  Listen for directions from floor wardens  Stay with group to and at the Evacuation Assembly Area DON’T:  Take laptops, briefcases, personal property with you  Take any beverages  Use cell phone or text
    • Additional Resources 17  Local first responders  Fire department, police department, emergency mgmt.  Professional organizations  BOMA, ASSE, IFMA etc.  State and national government agencies and groups  FEMA, NFPA, Red Cross, etc.  Consultants and specialists  Preparis University is a good source of information  Tabletops, Checklists, Webinars, Blogs, etc.
    • In Conclusion 18 Make training for an evacuation and shelter-in- place a priority for your building and try out a tabletop this quarter.
    • About Preparis 19 • Driving actionable Business Continuity and Life Safety programs with: • BC & LS Expertise • Technology • Expert Content & Education • Service (Client Success) Preparis exists to help keep your people safe and your business running when the unexpected happens.
    • About Preparis 20 Our technology helps your people read, react and recover from any threat, to keep your business up and running during a crisis.
    • Questions? 21 Submit questions on Twitter @preparis Q& A at end of presentation Slides will be emailed following webinar Use the Question Tool in Your Webinar Dashboard
    • Upcoming Events 22 September: National Preparedness Month 7 Steps to Preparedness Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2 to 3 p.m. 6 Ways to Improve Your Emergency Action Plan (CRE) Thursday, Sept. 12, 2 to 3 p.m. 30 Days 30 Ways Follow @preparis for daily challenges to win prizes
    • Webinar Speakers 23 Nate Kristy VP of Marketing, Preparis Doug Brown Fire Inspector
    • info@preparis.com (404) 662-2950 For more information, content, videos and more, visit: www.preparis.com Follow us on Twitter @Preparis