While most people are aware of the possible marketing applications for floorplans, it is less common for people to think of floor plans as a life saving tool.

However, a bit of joined up thinking from emergency service providers and first responders has turned building blueprints into just that – making floor plans an important part of household and business safety provision in some places.

Take, for example, a recent emergency response pilot launched in Lake County, Florida, USA  – called Smart 911.

Providing Floor Plans Can Help In Emergencies

As part of the programme residents of the area have been offered the opportunity to provide detailed floor plans of their properties to the local authorities, which could then be accessed by emergency responders such as firefighters, police or paramedics when responding to a 911 call.

Lake County Public Safety spokesman Gustavo Marquez explained to WFTV: “It’s important to get as much information as we can. It’s a safety aid for public safety, so we can get information faster.”

Floor Plans Reduce Risks for Emergency Responders

The scheme would not only allow for first responders to easily navigate emergency scenes in the event of a call out, allowing them to quickly locate any residents who may be at risk, but would also mean that fire, police and medical personal would be less likely to injure themselves during responses, since the provided floor plans would take the guesswork out of navigating emergency scenes.

Apps Will Give Responders Access to Building Blueprints

The sensible approach to using floor plans to help with emergency planning is one that is expected to be adopted in more areas over time, with talk even of providing immediate online access to building plans, blueprints and floorplans for first responders using on the go technology like that used in Google Glass.

Firefighter and programmer Patrick Jackson or Rocky Mount North Carolina is currently working on a app for the wearable tech that will do just that, according to a recent report from Mashable.

Maps and Floorplans Help Firefighters in Unfamilar Edifices

“Jackson envisions that the app may someday be able to provide maps and floor plans to firefighters battling smoke in unfamiliar buildings, or provide extraction diagrams for when firefighters need to safely remove civilians from a vehicle.” the piece explains.

 Commission Floor Plan Creation From Sketches

Of course, we’d like to think that even without a specific provision in place, in the event of an emergency, those planning a response would use all the tools available to them, which is why we would always recommend that building owners and managers invest in floorplan creation and make the results public via a mapping platform such as Google Maps indoor maps (available across all devices) which accepts floor plan submissions  in order to “create a more convenient and enjoyable visitor experience at no cost”


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