How can I judge if my building's evacuation plan is adequate for any emergency?
It is highly likely that the procedures are adequate. In our society, we plan on events that are likely to happen in a building or structure. In large part, evacuation procedures are geared toward an unintentional fire occurring in a building. Often times, these procedures are also robust enough to contemplate deliberately set or incendiary fires as well. Your building's evacuation procedures should make clear to you and all occupants the actions you are to take, and when to take them. In addition, every occupancy should post evacuation plans/routes and stage emergency response drills at least once a year. Buildings are required to periodically test fire safety systems as well.

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1. Are building owners/operators required to hold regular emergency drills?
2. Are emergency instructions tailored to events and communicated to building occupants?
3. How can I judge if my building's evacuation plan is adequate for any emergency?
4. If I become trapped, should I break a window? Should I jump?
5. If I have a long stairwell, is it better to go to the roof?
6. If the neighboring high-rise is one fire, should my building evacuate?
7. Is high-rise building evacuation different from other buildings?
8. Procedures for people in wheelchairs or other disabilities that affect mobility?
9. Should my building have any type of exterior escape device?
10. Under what circumstances may I use the elevator safely?
11. What are the key elements of emergency preparedness?
12. What happens when the event is not typical?
13. Will the systems work in a terrorist attack?