What is an Emergency Evacuation and Management Plan?
It is a course of action developed to mitigate the damage of potential events that could endanger an organization’s ability to function. The plan should include measures that provide for the safety of personnel and, if possible, property and facilities.
The Emergency and Disaster Planning Category in SmartDraw
SmartDraw provides a number of diagrams and other helpful forms, graphics and information to help you with your emergency planning needs:
- Emergency Evacuation Floor Plan Templates
- Business Continuity Plan Templates
- Chain-of-Command Diagrams
- Emergency Alert Information
- Emergency Kits
- Family Evacuation Plans
- Fire Scene Safety
- First Aid & CPR Instructional Charts
- Recovering from Disaster Information
- Types of Hazards & Disaster Information
Let’s take a look at the a few of the templates available in SmartDraw.
Building Emergency Evacuation Floor Plan
Businesses are required to maintain current floor plans which detail emergency evacuation routes. In addition to evacuation planning, emergency evacuation floor plans can be used to document severe weather shelters, utility locations and special needs evacuation meeting points. When provided to local public safety agencies, accurate and easy to understand floor plans can also improve response efficiency.
SmartDraw Tip: When you create your building evacuation plan you have the option to select from existing floor plans (like the Building Evacuation Plan above) and customize it or use the Evacuation Floor Plan template and start form scratch. Symbols found in the extensive Symbol Library can then be easily added to the Work Area. You’ll simply need to click and drag symbol such as desks and doors, to emergency exits and locations of fire extinguishers.
Family Emergency Evacuation Plan
It is best to plan how you will assemble your family and supplies and anticipate where you will go for different situations. It’s important to identify several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency and know the evacuation routes to get to those destinations.
SmartDraw Tip: When you select an existing family emergency evacuation plan, the SmartPanel will automatically display a symbol library related to household items such as furniture items like bed, lamps, tables, and chairs. It’s important that your evacuation plan accurately represents the elements in your home. It will prove valuable to those involved in the evacuation as well as the rescue. If you’re unable to locate the symbols you need, simply search among the thousands of symbols found in the Symbol Library. Select More in the Symbol Library drop-down menu. In the search field, enter your search criteria. Click Search. Once you’ve located the appropriate library click Open Library. Then click Close to close the More Symbols window.
Family Disaster Plan
Disasters can strike quickly and without warning. They can force you and your loved ones to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. Although you can expect local officials and relief workers to be on the scene after a disaster, they may not be able to reach everyone right away. By preparing in advance, families can and do cope with disaster. Knowing what to do in an emergency is your best protection and your responsibility.
Disaster Planning Tip: When creating a disaster plan for your family, it’s best to have members of the family involved in the planning process. Involvement increases ownership and buy-in in any process. You may choose to print out the existing Family Disaster Plan form and distribute it to members of the family to complete independently. Then have the family come together to share ideas and collaborate on the final plan. The final step is to rehearse the plan.