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If there is an emergency evacuation, are there COVID considerations or protocols to keep in mind?

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During an evacuation, you should be mindful of Covid precautions but not allow that to prevent you from taking life saving actions. If the fire alarm is ringing, a person should grab their personal belongings which in this case would include their personal mask if they have one, put it on, and evacuate. You should not delay evacuating a building due to social distancing ie. waiting until the stairwell is clear of other occupants evacuating. You should not avoid climbing under a desk during an earthquake because you might be less than 6’ from another person already under the desk. You protect yourself from immediate harm and then worry about other issues later. With the universal masking mandate currently in place, there really should be no practical reason why a person is indoors without a face covering either on or in very close proximity to their person.

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