19 September 2016 • Door Marjon Gielisse
Post-evaluations evacuation drills
Over the last two weeks, we conducted total evacuation drills on all campuses.
It was reassuring to see that a number of lecturers did an excellent job of evacuating their students and using the closest emergency exit to accompany them to the assembly point.
The post-evaluations made by members of our emergency response team, however, pointed out the following areas that could be improved next time:
On several campuses, we noticed that students as well as staff left the building through the main entrance even though there was a closer emergency exit. Next time, be sure to use the closest emergency exit to prevent congestion.
Once you are outside, go directly to the designated assembly point instead of standing around the emergency exit and blocking it for anyone still having to get out. You will be provided with relevant post-drill information at these assembly points at the end of the drill.
Being in charge of evacuating your class means more than being responsible for getting them immediately outside via the closest emergency exit; it also means ensuring that everyone goes to the assembly point and that the roads/cycle lanes are kept clear to give emergency response services access to the buildings.
As a member of staff, be a good example to your students by walking immediately to the assembly point and keeping access routes for emergency response services clear.
Different instructions apply to disabled individuals: they do not have to be lifted down the stairs. Instead, they may assemble in a safe fire compartment and the emergency response team should be notified of where they are located.
Always follow the instructions of members of the emergency response team and be aware that they can expect you to accept additional tasks since you, too, are responsible for the success of an evacuation.
If you have anything to add to the evaluation of this evacuation drill or if you would like to become a member of the emergency response team yourself, please notify us at BHV@hhs.nl.