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Safeguarding Cultural Properties by Stevan P. Layne

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Chapter 8

Emergency Evacuations

Abstract

Evacuations are not just for fires anymore. The method of evacuation should be based on the cause and the inherent problems that come with each event. For every evacuation, the institution’s staff needs to assist security in assuring that everyone is out of the building. This chapter points out the need for everyone to participate and assist because you rarely know in advance who will be present and available when the time comes. Potential problems with persons refusing to be evacuated are discussed. Special consideration should also be given to the evacuation of disabled persons. Advance coordination with emergency response agencies is outlined, to enhance the success of those special types of evacuations. ...

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