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Officials host evacuation procedures webinar
by Bobby Tedder
August 28, 2013 02:47 PM | 1367 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials have taken to cyberspace to educate interested parties about evacuating an office building in times of emergency.

Buckhead-based Preparis Inc. teamed up with Sandy Springs Fire Inspector Doug Brown to host a webinar on the subject last week.

Based on responses, 95 percent of the initial audience hailed from commercial building-type settings. Half were in high-rises.

“Situational awareness is what separates the victims from the survivors in an emergency situation,” Brown said.

The webinar session touched on a wide range of possible emergency situations, response protocol and relevant implications. Participants were privy to the do’s and don’ts involved with fires, medical emergencies, elevator entrapment, extended power outages and workplace violence.

“The world’s a dynamic environment and it’s constantly changing,” Brown said. “It’s [beneficial] to anticipate ahead what might happen and try to mitigate the circumstances that [arise].”

Preparis — a business continuity and life safety technology and professional services company — tabbed Brown to head the event because of his resume.

He has more than four decades of experience as both a first responder and life safety educator designing all-hazards risk plans and training programs for dozens of commercial real estate properties in the metro area.

The Preparis webinar was also designed to guide respondents to the proper course of action in the event something goes awry.

For example, one particular quandary posed to participants concerned whether or not to leave the premises or shelter when disaster strikes.

“It depends on the event and the circumstances,” Brown told the audience. “Evacuation doesn’t always mean leave the building.”

For the record, one should only evacuate (a) if imminent harm or danger is present or threatening, (b) under flames or increasing smoke conditions or (c) fire alarm activities in the building warrant it.

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