What do California Wildfires, 9/11, Hurricane Gustav, Chernobyl, Hurricane Rita,and the Fukushima nuclear accident all have in common? Besides being devastating events, these events all triggered massive evacuations of the local communities. To assist with planning for mass evacuations the National Fire Protection Association has created a new Technical Committee for Common Mass Evacuation Planning. The scope of the committee is to establish a common set of criteria for Mass Evacuation plans. The committee will work to develop a standard that will provide elected officials, emergency management officials, emergency preparedness planners, and emergency responders the essential elements, common terminology, roles, evacuation stages, and repatriation phases for evacuation plans.
With devastating wildland fires across the country and massive hurricanes hitting our beaches, more and more residents have been asked to evacuate their communities and public officials are facing difficult decisions of when to order an evacuation and when it is ok to shelter in place. The committee will develop the standard to assist leaders with critical information, and key trigger points that will help them make the decision to evacuate their communities.
The NFPA Technical Committee will be hosting their first meeting September 4-6, 2013, at NFPA HQ in Quincy MA. If you are interested in coming to the meeting or learning more about the committee please email me at email@example.com
Mass evacuation of nearly 500,000 people in about 9 hours. BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience