Illinois Buildings To Have Escape Plans By First Of
December 22, 2003
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--Every high-rise building in Illinois must have an emergency evacuation plan for people with disabilities by January 1, wrote ABC 7 News disability issues reporter Karen Meyer.
The law was drafted in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in Washington, DC and the World Trade Center towers, in which a number of people with disabilities were trapped.
Advocates with disabilities helped draft the law which applies to residential as well as commercial buildings.
While building owners are responsible for developing evacuation plans, people with disabilities are responsible for letting building officials know in advance that they would need assistance in an emergency.
"Building owners must have evacuation plan for New Year" by Nancy Meyer (ABC7Chicago.com)
"September 11, 2001 and Beyond: The Impact of the Terror Attacks on People With Disabilities" (Inclusion Daily Express Archives)
Emergency Evacuation Procedures (U.S. Access Board)