How Do You Read an Emergency Evacuation Plan Map?


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Use the legend, the pictorial guide of symbols and their definitions, to read an emergency evacuation plan map to determine the appropriate evacuation route, according to Matt Rosenberg for About.com. The legend includes the color scheme used, if any, and symbols representing important points of interest, such as aid stations or hazardous areas. The map shows evacuation routes with arrows or color-coded route lines.

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Emergency evacuation plan maps direct you to a safe exit of a building, town or city. An emergency evacuation building plan map depicts the floor plan, to scale, of that story of a building, explains the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA. It illustrates appropriate exits, stairs, hazardous materials areas, locations of fire extinguishers, first aid kits, other emergency aid materials and the safe assembly area outside the building.

An emergency evacuation area map depicts a city or town, to scale, with its emergency evacuation routes marked, notes the Texas Department of Transportation. Black or colored arrows or solid lines depict the evacuation routes which consist of arterial streets, highways and interstates. Some maps mark the location of aid stations and gas stations along the route. Activated evacuation routes depend on road conditions. Consult the appropriate state department of transportation website for up-to-date route maps.

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