Escape Route Planning and Methods

Whether it’s a route out of a building or out of a city, you should have escape routes planned in case something happens. We recommend you follow the P.A.C.E method. Meaning a Primary, Alternative, Contingency, and Emergency. You should know the fastest ways out of the building your in a probable safe location outside where you can regroup, and route out of the neighborhood or city depending on the situation. You want alternatives as well should the problem at hand be between you and your primary exit.


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Get Out of The Building

Your primary could be a typical exit such as main doors, your secondary could be a door out a different side of the building. Exits that you can use for a low profile exit as well. While you Contingency and Emergency route could also be windows or loading docks etc. Something that under non emergency circumstances might raise eyebrows.

Make sure you remain flex-able, No plan survives contact with the enemy. You might make it al the way to your exit right as a second threat appears there and you need to move for a different one.

Out of the area

This could be the neighborhood or the city it is basically the same process. You should know the area you’re in or at least be somewhat familiar. Know the main paths out as well as some alternates that are less used. Figure out the routes that are going to get congested and avoid those routes in escape route planning. Apply this same process to roads and highways for the city itself.

Have at least one route going in a different direction than the rest incase the direction of your routes is compromised from a wildfire, earthquake, civil unrest or alien landing.

Also consider alternative modes of transportation when you are considering routes. For example at just about any major city all the roads or going to grid lock but maybe you have a major water way that you have access to with a boat or you have access to small recreational vehicles like dirt bikes or ATVs that can take routes cars cannot.

When to leave

Should also be considered. Some events you can see coming and you can get out before the rush such as wildfire. Maybe the neighborhood down the road is evacuating but you have not been notified yet. You have no absolute need to stay there at the moment and you can leave and stay at a family members property. You might consider leaving as there is no down side to getting out early.

Non Typical Routes and Transportation

You don’t need to stick to roads, sidewalks, or “designated paths” You can cut through buildings, parking lots, parks, or maybe a hiking trail starts near you and crosses a road farther down that you can then use or hitch a ride. Can you swim? Jump in the river and use the current to float away from the threat, the skies the limit. Transportation can be more than just your feet or your car, if you have an office maybe put a bike in there as a back up, maybe you work on the coast and a marina is close by where you can dock a small boat or store a canoe, kayak or paddle board. If it moves and can carry you it could be a form of transportation in an emergency.


Make sure that you have Primary, Secondary, and at least a Contingency if not also an Emergency, route out of your buildings, and cities. Apply the same PACE plan to modes of transportation if you can. If you can take your car great if not maybe you have a bike in your office, a boat at the marina and as a last resort….RUN


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