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Helping people on their own terms: developing inclusive emergency procedures

Helping people on their own terms: developing inclusive emergency procedures

Gwynne, Steve (2008) Helping people on their own terms: developing inclusive emergency procedures. Fire Technology, 44 (4). pp. 439-461. ISSN 0015-2684 (doi:

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It is felt that given recent events, the performance of a population during an emergency procedure is less predictable than was once thought. This has potentially
serious consequences during an evacuation, especially where structures have been designed on the basis of the successful application of emergency procedures. The
reaction of the resident population to these procedures is sensitive to their normal use of the structure and the level to which the population is engaged and familiar with
the procedure. A method is presented to develop procedures for non-emergency and emergency situations in partnership with the resident population, to take advantage of their indigenous knowledge, to improve their familiarity and to engage them in the safety process. This method is appropriate for situations where emergency procedures
are normally applied and where the population is not transient; e.g., an office environment, where emergency procedures had been developed. It is felt that by adopting
this approach, the population will be more receptive to the application of these procedures and that their response may then be more predictable. As an example of this method, a project framework is outlined in order to describe the approach in sufficient detail and to encourage future application and testing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: evacuation procedures, circulation, participation, design methodology, implementation
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis > Fire Safety Engineering Group
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Department of Computer Science
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