The most important component to emergency evacuation is – to get everyone out safely. We know that with the increases in access to buildings the likelihood of having an individual with a disability in the building during an emergency evacuation is also increased. If people with a disability can get into a building then, given appropriate planning, they will be able to get out again in an emergency.
What is a PEEP?
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) are customised documents that provide the framework for the planning and provision of emergency evacuation of people with a disability. It is a bespoke 'escape plan' for individuals who may not be able to reach an ultimate place of safety unaided or within a satisfactory period of time in the event of any emergency.
Who needs a PEEP?
PEEPs may be required for staff with: Mobility impairments Sight impairments Hearing impairments Cognitive impairments Other circumstances A temporary PEEP may be required for:
• Short term injuries (i.e. broken leg)
• Temporary medical conditions
• Those in the later stages of pregnancy The underlying question in deciding whether a PEEP is necessary is "can you evacuate the building unaided, in a prompt manner, during an emergency situation?" If the answer is "no", then it is likely that a PEEP is needed.
Staff Members - What to do?
If you need assistance evacuating from a building, even temporarily, it is your responsibility to inform and complete a PEEP with your line manager. The completion of the PEEP will decide upon the best escape plan for you in an emergency. This PEEP needs to be reviewed on a regular basis. The Emergency Manager will be able to assist staff in developing the individualised PEEP and a confidential copy will be circulated to those persons responsible for its implementation. Students should contact Disability Service to coordinate the creation of a PEEP.
PEEP Template 2017 C.docx
Wardens and the PEEP In the event of an emergency, a warden would normally be assigned to assist mobility impaired persons. The warden, who will already be familiar with the person’s PEEP, will carry out the procedures in accordance with the PEEP. Rescue In most instances during an evacuation of the building, the mobility impaired occupant, and the designated warden, will remain on their floor inside the fire escape and wait for the emergency services to respond to them.
Such a situation clearly demonstrates the need for the Chief Warden, supervisors, Faculty and Unit administration and the Emergency Manager to be aware of the limitations of people within their office/ building. The Emergency Services must also be made aware of the presence of such special circumstances so that they may also be better prepared to deal with the situation. For this reason, at a minimum the PEEP should be kept with the wardens designated to assist and by the Fire Indicator Panel with the Chief Warden.