Whether to Stay or Go

The first important evacuation decision you will face is whether you should stay put or get away. The decision depends upon the type of building in which your workplace is located, and the type of emergency or hazard. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information to determine if there is immediate danger. In any emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. Use available information to assess the situation.

The Type of Building May Influence Your Decision to Evacuate

The type of building you work in may be a factor in your decision as to whether and how to evacuate. While nearly all buildings are vulnerable to the effects of disasters such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, or explosions, the extent of the damage may depend on the building's construction. Modern factories and office buildings, for example, are framed in steel and are structurally more sound than neighborhood business premises may be. However, in a disaster such as a major earthquake or explosion, nearly every type of structure will be affected. Some buildings will collapse and others will be left with weakened floors and walls.

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