3 OBSTACLES EVERY HOME EVACUATION PLAN NEEDS TO ANTICIPATE
Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018
3 Obstacles Every Home Evacuation Plan Needs To Anticipate
BY: RALPH GOODMAN
In the midst of an emergency, a home evacuation plan can be the difference between a life and death situation. Some homeowners take the time to create a family disaster plan that keeps them and their loved ones safe, but there are still over 90% of Americans that do not have disaster preparedness response plans. Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, you should take emergency preparedness seriously.
The thing about emergencies is that they can be particularly hard to predict, but this does not mean that you cannot successfully plan to weather one. Today, we will be discussing some of the obstacles that homeowners have to consider when they are crafting their home evacuation plans. Ignoring these obstacles can potentially jeopardize the overall effectiveness of your home evacuation plans, so be sure you anticipate these concerns.
1. General Clutter
Most people don’t think that something like a cluttered home can have a huge impact on the success of a home evacuation, but it can. As I briefly touched on earlier, it is rather difficult to predict when an emergency might strike. This makes it increasingly difficult to respond if there is no proper plan in place. However, even if a plan is in place, it can be impeded if you are not able to swiftly and efficiently execute it without a hitch.
The presence of general clutter in a home, compounded with the looming threat of an emergency, will greatly slow down the evacuation process. Homeowners need to account for the presence of clutter in their emergency evacuation plans, and actively work to ensure that it is not adversely impeding any evacuation routes.
For instance, it would not help to have furniture and other household items blocking a primary or auxiliary evacuation point. Ideally, homeowners should factor in a routine cleaning schedule into their emergency plans, so that they can always assess the state of their evacuation routes. Having clutter-free evacuation points, and an overall clutter-free home, makes it much easier to move around, which in turn makes your home evacuation plan more efficient.
2. Layout of Your Home
The layout of your home, and the location of specific rooms also greatly impact your home evacuation plan. The location of the rooms in your home is important because they directly affect the access that members of your family might have to emergency equipment and evacuation routes.
The challenges you face will vary based on the emergency you are dealing with. Which means that they will impact your home in different ways. Ideally, you should have a home evacuation plan that caters to each kind of emergency, and each iteration of the plan should factor in the layout of the house and the locations of all the bedrooms.
It might not sound like a lot, but doing so gives homeowners the opportunity to choose appropriate exit points, and it also helps them get a better grasp on their home evacuation plan. The plan should always take auxiliary exit points into account, in the event that the primary exit point is sealed off due to the state of the emergency. Also, having an intimate knowledge of the layout of your home, and working this into your home evacuation plan allows you to effectively place emergency equipment, and a disaster supply kit.
3. Door Lock Types Used In Your Home
Door locks are an integral part of home evacuation plans, much in the same way that they are an important facet of home security. However, when it comes to home evacuation plans, your door locks have to be viewed through a different lens. In instances where you are not taking emergency plans into account, your door locks are primarily meant to keep intruders out. This is one of the primary reasons why most homeowners choose to invest in nothing but the best front door locks.
When it comes to emergency evacuation planning, you should consider the fact that some of the different door lock types you use in your home could, in fact, be a hindrance that you did not anticipate. In this case, your door locks might impede the ease of your evacuation, and can potentially leave you trapped in your home. Homeowners should take stock of the kind of locks that they have installed on each of the doors in their home, in order to assess how they will perform in the face of an emergency.
Ideally, interior door locks should not be equipped with high-security locks because it will take more time to get them open. Also, the presence of double-sided deadbolts on entry doors can spell danger in the wake of an emergency. These kinds of door locks require keys to operate the lock from both sides, and in the frenzy of an emergency, these keys might be hard to access. In order to improve your chances of success, you should ensure that the locks that are in use are more of a helping hand than a barrier.
Homeowners should still keep their home security in their mind when they are laying the groundwork for their home evacuation plans. Although you want to make it easy for your family to safely exit during an emergency, you do not want to make it easy for burglars and criminals to take advantage of your home in your absence.
You can find more articles by our friend Ralph Goodman HERE
National Emergency Planning and Training Association
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