Over the past few days, I have been asked the question, ‘…should our office show a tornado shelter on our fire evacuation maps?’
The answer is, ‘Yes’.
There has been concern over the terrible devastation by tornadoes, in Alabama and the surrounding states. Many lives, homes and businesses have been lost.
Our office deals with the business sector and public safety. Building Maps creates fire evacuation and tornado shelter maps for all businesses.
Most calls that we receive are from businesses looking to create or improve existing fire evacuation maps. Why? Because most businesses have to comply with fire code and most businesses are genuinely concerned for their employee, customers and visitors safety.
Rarely, do we receive calls asking for a Tornado Shelter Building Map. It is typically, a secondary thought, if it is thought of at all. We know from recent events that tornadoes, can devastate a business, community and even a state, just as much as a fire.
Where people move to, just moments before a tornado or fire emergency is often the difference between life and death.
So whether you are a business, government office, health care facility, school or place of worship; you should be prepared for a tornado.
Below are some links with information on Tornado Safety:
American Red Cross
At Building Maps, we are interested in your safety as well. Be prepared! Your employees should be trained prior to the event of a tornado. They should know what to do and where to go in the event of a tornado. Your facility should consider having a building evacuation map on the wall that addresses both a fire and tornado emergency. Our office can create building maps that can be used for training as well as for placement on the walls. These maps should illustrate fire evacuation routes and tornado shelter areas. These maps should be simple and easy to understand.
If you have any questions regarding tornado shelter maps or fire evacuation maps, please contact our office.