The second edition of NFPA's Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities is now available for free and accessible online. With input from NFPA's Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee (DARAC) and other nationally recognized safety advocates, the guide was originally created in 2007 to create a comprehensive evacuation planning strategy for the disabled community, establishing the needs, criteria and minimum information necessary for proper planning.
While the guide continues to outline the four elements of evacuation that occupants need in the event of an emergency (notification; way finding; use of the way; and assistance), the new edition features updated statistics, graphics, photos and links, along with an expanded, more detailed checklist for the personal evacuation planning process. It also incorporates technology that enables screen readers who are blind or low vision to access content online.
Allan Fraser, senior specialist for NFPA's Building Fire Protection Division, who played a key role in the guide's development, says that moving forward, the document will be updated more frequently with timely updates and information that reflect the continually changing and evolving built environments in which we all work and live.