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Emergency Evacuation Planning for Your Workplace

By Jim Burtles; Reviewed by Mayer Nudell

When an emergency occurs at a special event, an airport, a skyscraper, or some other venue, security professionals are confronted with controlling chaos and panic as they attempt to help frightened people move quickly and safely away from danger. Lives often depend on how well this is done.

Emergency evacuation is often given little consideration, yet after-action reports often point to shortcomings that need correction. Emergency Evacuation Planning for Your Workplace offers a thorough guide to preparing for evacuations. For more than 35 years, author Jim Burtles has been a respected authority on business continuity in all its forms.

Burtles provides details on how to deliver effective evacuation solutions for people of varying ages, health conditions, and special needs—the latter too frequently overlooked. He also reviews planning for and managing both immediate reactions and any long-term care for employees that may be required in the wake of major trauma.

Well-written and easy to understand, this volume deserves to be included in the core library of any emergency management professional, regardless of experience.

 
 
Reviewer: Mayer Nudell, CSC (Certified Security Consultant), is an independent consultant on crisis management, contingency planning, and related issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Webster University and the coauthor of The Handbook for Effective Emergency and Crisis Management.

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