An 11 page research proposal discussing the need for and approach to a study designed to determine facilities and property managers’ attitudes toward stringent evacuation regulations that the city of Chicago implemented shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The paper provides hypotheses, a literature review and a proposed methods section discussing development of survey questionnaire for qualitative research. Bibliography lists 14 sources.
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The September 11 terrorist attacks of course shocked the entire world, and one of the immediate reactions to it was for facility managers and municipal regulators
in large cities to examine conditions as they existed in their own buildings and cities. The World Trade Center had been attacked by extremists nearly a decade before, and
the need for increased security had been evident even before then. The need for an effective evacuation plan is not so readily apparent, however. A glance at posted
evacuation routes in many buildings across the country reveals clearly marked paths to the elevators closest to the specific point of reference, and those who may need physical assistance in
an evacuation situation often are not accounted for in evacuation plans. Chicago is particularly vulnerable to subsequent attacks on the order of those
carried out in New York and at the Pentagon, as is any large city in which skyscrapers define the city skyline. The purpose of the current study is to
determine whether Chicagos office workers are protected by adequate evacuation plans in the case of emergency need. Research Questions There are two questions
that this study is designed to address: 1. Chicago city requirements for emergency evacuation are more effective now than before the New York and Pentagon terrorist attacks. 2. There is
greater awareness of the need for emergency evacuation plans now, including a greater awareness among office workers. Philosophical Assumptions This research effort begins
under the assumption that a lasting effect of the New York and Pentagon terrorist attacks has been to give greater attention to the specific needs that increase with building size.