When creating Evacuation, Incident Management or Business Continuity Plans the focus is usually on what you will do, how you will react and what actions you will take. Unfortunately, those assumption (yes, those really are ‘assumptions’) don’t necessarily mesh with what may really happen.
First, consider your environment. Are you in a multi-tenant building? Your landlord (or their Building Management staff) has responsibility for the safety of all tenants – including you – and the preservation of property (your and theirs). Your Evacuation Plan must mesh with those of the other tenants. If not, the result of an evacuation may be chaos, with tenants vying for the same assembly points.
In a single tenant building you don’t own, the landlord/building manager often has the same responsibilities (check your lease). Once outside the building, you may no longer have the authority to make decisions about when and how to return.