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EAP Drills – Local Law #26

EAP Drill. Local Law #26 for Non-Fire Emergencies

A training exercise by which building occupants are familiarized with and/or practice the procedures for safe, orderly and expeditious sheltering in place, in-building relocation, partial evacuation or evacuation, in accordance with the emergency action plan, and to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the implementation of such plan.

Frequency of EAP drills

EAP drills shall be conducted on a regular basis, as follows:

1. At least two EAP drills shall be conducted within one year of the date of department acceptance of the building’s initial emergency action plan, the first of which shall be conducted within six months of such date of acceptance.

2. Beginning one year from the date of department acceptance of the building’s initial emergency action plan, an EAP drill shall be conducted on each floor of the building at least once a year.

According to law, a stairwell familiarization drill must be conducted once every three (3) years and one simultaneous drill (all floors participate at the same time) must be conducted every three years.

Participation in EAP drills

All building occupants present on the affected floors at the time the EAP drill is conducted, including visitors, shall be required to participate in such drill.

Coordination with fire drills

EAP drills shall be conducted separately from fire drills required for the building, and shall highlight the differences between the building’s fire safety and evacuation plan and emergency action plan, and the appropriate actions to be  taken by building occupants upon implementation of each plan.

Recordkeeping

A written record of fire drills and EAP drills shall be maintained in a bound log book with consecutive numbered pages, or other form of approved electronic recordkeeping, and maintained on the premises for a period of 3 years for fire drills, and 5 years for EAP drills, and made available upon request of any department representative. An entry shall be made in such log book for each fire drill and EAP drill that is conducted in the building that includes the following information, and such other information and documentation as the commissioner may require:

  1. The name and, if applicable, certificate of fitness number of the person conducting the drill.
  2. Date and time of the drill.
  3. Name and title of the FSP staff or EAP staff assisting in the conduct of the drill.
  4. Number of occupants participating in the drill.
  5. Evaluation of effectiveness of the drill, including any delays and deficiencies.
  6. If evacuation was conducted, time required to accomplish evacuation.

To learn more about the benefits of EAP drills please call 212-285-2400 for assistance.