FREE emergency evacuation plan outline for you and your business needs
It is one of the many templates, tools and resources included with the book Emergency Evacuation Planning for Your Workplace: From Chaos to Life-Saving Solutions, by Jim Burtles, KLJ, MMLJ, FBCI.
This is your starting point for you to build your emergency evacuation plan for your people and facilities. This free template will give you the basics on how to create a comprehensive evacuation plan. You will learn how to evacuate people of all ages and health conditions. The guide will also help the planning based on the size of your facility. Burtles’ carefully constructed methodology leads you through the development of organization-wide plans. He ensures that your procedures align with best practices, relevant regulations, sound governance, and corporate responsibility.
Inspired by the horrific emergency evacuation challenges of 9/11, Jim’s groundbreaking book is the result of 10 years of research. His studies on global best practices for getting everyone out safely has lead to the creation of this book. Protect your workplace today!
Jim’s book also includes a practical toolkit full of innovative and field-tested plans, forms, checklists, tips, and tools to support you as you set up effective workplace evacuation procedures.
Rothstein’s latest book aims to meet a critical need with a structured approach to emergency evacuations.
Writing about his own encounters with evacuations, author Jim Burtles expresses concern over the confusion that is so evident during an incident, and the widespread panic that can ensue when proper process is not put in place.
Burtles acquired his expertise in disaster recovery and emergency management through direct exposure to dozens of real-life disasters, almost a hundred emergencies and countless problem situations. He also benefited from the indirect experience of many more, gained from talking to, and working with, victims of various crises. In his current role, as director of Total Continuity Management, he is now working with senior executives of international corporations and government departments to help them develop complete emergency response plans and processes which include appropriate counselling and training programmes to cope with emergency situations.
The author’s extensive experience in this arena means he is well positioned to provide insight into the best practices that will ensure a plan is sustained via effective management, covering policy development together with processes for ongoing assurance and feedback.
This 300-page book lays out a six phase methodology for developing, testing and maintaining plans to ensure the safety and protection of people in the workplace.
Useful additions include a section on creating plans for mobility impaired and disabled people, legal requirements and planning in multi-tenanted buildings and public places. The book also features a full glossary and index for easy reference. Practical exercises and checklists throughout make this a thorough and useful addition to the business continuity and emergency management practitioner’s library.
– Continuity Insurance & Risk Magazine
Sometimes there just isn’t enough time, when only seconds count. Jim Burtles gives us a comprehensive blueprint for best chances for physical survival during any event that demands evacuation. It takes energy and stamina to be willing to stand up for human safety and survival, physical and emotional, and you can take this book as a strong ally into the fray. It?s a cutting edge methodology to plan and prepare for emergency evacuations.
As a trauma counselor who has worked at the sites of major disasters, I know that sudden emergencies can trigger extreme altered mental states that can lead to completely unpredictable behaviors. This is why I believe that excellent planning isn’t optional. In an altered state, most people don’t think clearly about options and are overwhelmed by their sudden powerlessness. In this book, Burtles provides a strong framework for the practice (and practice, practice, practice!) of well-planned evacuation drills and procedures, the writing and re-writing of strong policies, buy-on from top to bottom and from bottom to top, good signage, and clearly understood and agreed-upon methods that can give people at risk a sense of personal power that can significantly increase their chance of survival.
– Vali Hawkins Mitchell, PhD, LMHC, certified traumatolgist, consultant, executive coach, and author of The Cost of Emotions in the Workplace
Jim Burtles’ book is so important and long-overdue. It provides a carefully wrought framework to formalize an activity that needs to be both structured and managed. With his long experience in business continuity planning, Burtles has applied his in-depth knowledge to emergency workplace evacuations. He demonstrates a six-phase methodology for developing, testing, and maintaining an effective evacuation plan.
Burtles’ real-world experience also enables him to provide insights into best practices to ensure that your plan is sustained via effective management. He covers policy development along with processes for ongoing assurance and feedback. This approach creates an all-important management system that continues in place to protect the investment made in creating your plan.
The process of emergency evacuation has been overlooked for far too long. We cannot expect to evacuate our workplaces effectively without a commitment to time and resources to develop appropriate processes to support it. Yet, most traditional business continuity and incident management plans tend to assume that an effective evacuation will take place somehow, even when the plans have given very little attention to the process of actually getting staff and visitors out of the building to a place of safety. Burtles offers a reliable approach to ensure the safety and protection of our people in the workplace – who are, after all, our greatest asset.
~ Steve Dance, CISA, Owner, Risk Centric Chair, Business Continuity and Security SIG for the British Institute of Facilities Management
This book will be a wakeup call, not only for those involved with BCM and EEP, but also anyone involved with employee safety, emergency response, physical security, and facilities management.
What has been painfully lacking or inadequate is a single source of good practical explanations, tips, examples, and customizable documentation. In this book, Burtles addresses that need. Not only does he give insights into what should be covered in an emergency evacuation plan, but he also provides a wealth of downloadable documentation that can be customized for an organization?s specific needs.
Burtles covers topics often not addressed in detail elsewhere, including:
- Regional evacuations, evacuation of downtown business areas, evacuation of college campuses and recreational complexes – not just evacuation of individual buildings. He covers EEP for areas which are occupied by the same population most of the time, as well as those occupied primarily by visitors, shoppers, and guests.
- Potential post-evacuation employee issues and considerations, emphasizing that it entails every step that needs to be taken from the moment the alarm sounds until all the people involved are safely back at their desks, back in their homes, safe in an emergency shelter, or have become the responsibility of some other agency.
- Importance of Available Safe Egress Time (ASET) versus Required Safe Egress Time (RSET). Use Burtles’ formulas to compare your ASET and RSET under various scenarios and see the results.
- Use of a clear development lifecycle similar to BCI?’ business continuity management model. This model emphasizes the integration of BCM and EEP, applying the best practices reflected in the BCI model to researching, planning, and exercising a formal EEP.
- Reference, explanation, and use of the Plan-Do-Check-Act concept in EEP. This has already become a central point of reference for ongoing management systems and is now very much referenced in current business continuity standards.
– Melvyn Musson, FBCI, CDRP, Retired Senior Business Continuity Planning Manager, Edward Jones