What happens when the event is not typical?
Safety is everyone's business so we all must take a certain amount of personal responsibility. Standard operating procedures, verbal instructions and even past experience may not be adequate or appropriate in dealing with extraordinary events. A good guideline to follow is based on the acronym, RED: React: Take any indication of smoke, fire or other threat seriously. Evaluate: Judge the level of the threat by confirming evidence, conditions and available information. Decide: There are only two choices, both difficult. 1) Follow your plan and immediately leave the building. 2) Follow your plan and stay where you are or descend to the designated level below the fire floor and prepare to take protective/defensive action.

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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?