30 seconds is enough time to get out *IF* you’re on the ground floor. Using stairs (no elevator, doh!) and knocking down security gates (not each other) will take precious moments but you’re only as fast as the slowest of you too (you WILL stop to help others won’t you?).
If you’re above or below the ground floor, your immediate goal is to find a strong place to survive (doors are strong, if the walls maintain integrity, if the floors above don’t pancake, if the glue lams hold, etc.). It’s a long running habit for me to always look for exit signs, stairs and other means of escape (my career taught me that). It’s also one reason I don’t like being below ground or above the third floor (I can jump down that far and perhaps only break a leg).
Every company should have, post and practice escape routes, locate strong points and sadly lock downs. In this litigious society, it would be the financial death knell for a company to ignore it (presuming the company survived the event).
Similar plans (and drills) should happen at home too, including a review of emergency supplies (meds, WATER, food, WATER, shelter, WATER, clothing and WATER).
Training: Is what and how you will react when you are under extreme stress, without thought. Those that plan to survive probably will; those that don’t, probably won’t.
From: Lin Kerns
It's plenty of time IF and only IF you have an emergency plan already in place. That's why these Shake Out events are so important to people who don't normally think in disaster terms like some of us do. If you plan and you train, you're body will follow course. That's how we used to be trained in the fire department. You just do it. And you'd be surprised how fast you can move. :-)
On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 5:34 PM, Allison Loukanis <email@example.com> wrote:
30 seconds doesn't seem like much warning. Allison