Readers who are likely to require assistance during evacuation must meet with the building’s Facilities Manager, or the nominated deputy, to draw up a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP). A copy of this should be given to the SSL Disability Contact. If you do not already have a PEEP and may need assistance to evacuate, please contact us so we can arrange a meeting to discuss your needs.
A PEEP is tailored to you and this building to ensure you can be helped to get to a place of safety in the event of a fire evacuation. The primary aim is to help both you and local staff make the right decisions during a fire evacuation, so that your evacuation can be completed within a reasonable time frame and done in a way that is as comfortable and dignified as possible.
The PEEP considers the specific issues you face due to a disability or medical condition that you have, and the locations that you would foreseeably visit. It includes communication of information about your evacuation plan to a limited group of people, to ensure the PEEP is fit for purpose and implemented effectively. Some of the arrangements in your PEEP may differ from the standard arrangements for emergency evacuation of the building, and in this case, it is the PEEP arrangements that should take priority because they are individually tailored to your needs.
PEEPs are reviewed once per year, usually around the start of the academic year, or if there are any significant changes that would affect your evacuation arrangements. In many situations, the library or local premises management must rely on you informing them if there is a significant change relating to your disability or medical condition. If you do not provide this information, there is a risk that your PEEP will not be fit for purpose.