In March 2007, NFPA published its Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities as a free, downloadable document. It was the single most popular document downloaded from NFPAs website over the next four months it was opened more than 26,000 times through April 7, 2008. To date it has been downloaded over 54,000 times. That’s over 16.5 downloads per day and a countless number of copies have been made and used.
NFPA has presented more than two dozen seminars on the Guide since its publication in early 2008 including nine NFPA Conferences, four CSUN Conferences on Technology & People with Disabilities, two for the U.S. Congress, and one each for The University of Miami-Ohio, Abilities Expo-Boston, Ohio State Fire Academy, City of Chicago, U.S Access Board, Quebec Accessibility Directorate, European Accessibility Directorate, Wisconsin Fire Inspectors Conference, Illinois Fire Inspectors Association, University of Massachusetts System, NACCHO and FEMA.
As with most all fire and life safety documents, from time to time there is a need to update them to provide the best and most current thinking as experience and technology change and improve. So it is with the Guide. NFPA staff and NFPA’s Disability Access Review and Advisory Committee have been working diligently for the past six months on preparing the 2nd edition. It’s now available at: “Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities”.