Emergency Evacuations for Individuals with Disabilities

Emergency Evacuations for Individuals with Disabilities

More than 6 million Canadians aged 15 and over (22% of the population) identify as having a disability and this number is expected to grow even further as our population ages [1]. While there are many guidelines established for improving the accessibility of buildings and structures, one aspect that has been overlooked is the Egressibility of these buildings. Egressibility is a critical aspect of accessibility that determines how well all individuals can be evacuated safely during an emergency, such as fires and floods but has been largely overlooked. It is applicable to not just individuals with mobility impairment, but others like sensory and cognitive as well.


Yashoda Sharma, Waqas Sajid, Abdulrahman Al Bochi, Zeyad Ghulam, Tilak Dutta