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Evacuation

Certain emergencies may warrant either complete or partial evacuation of the facility. A complete evacuation involves the removal of all occupants from the building, with the possible exception of emergency team members. A partial evacuation may involve either the relocation of occupants to unaffected areas or removal from the building of only those occupants in affected areas. Note that this phase deals only with the movement of people. In certain situations, evacuation or relocation of building contents may be called for — such efforts will be discussed separately under control/mitigation. The initial tasks for the planning team include determining whether evacuation might be required for each type of emergency, whether evacuation would need to be partial or complete and how urgent the need to evacuate might be. These factors will need to be considered together to determine the evacuation scenarios that may arise for each emergency.

For each emergency for which evacuation might be required, the following questions need to be answered:

There may also be some situations where occupants should not evacuate the building. Such instances should also be identified at this time. For these situations, the following questions should be used to determine the relevant issues to remaining in place. For example, rather than identifying the means of evacuation notification, the issue will be ensuring notification of the order to remain in place.

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