4. ‘Building Floor Plan’ Database for Emergency Workers

Ambulances, fire and police departments, and other emergency responders should be able to have immediate access to the floor plans and layout of all buildings and infrastructures within their jurisdictions. This way, while on their way to respond to any types of emergency, the emergency responders would already know how the house, building, or other infrastructure is laid out (where all walls, stairs, doors, windows, etc., are located). This would enable a far quicker and more effective response by emergency crews, saving valuable time and minimizing confusion during emergencies. Perhaps city or county government building safety agencies could be responsible for maintaining such an up-to-date database that emergency responders could access when needed, immediately and remotely, while in route to the location. A ‘virtual’ database enabling a virtual ‘walk-through’ would perhaps best prepare emergency responders for the scene.

Any changes to the floor plans of any building should be registered with the responsible agency within one year of completion so that such data could be included in the database for emergency responders to access. The property owner would be responsible for submitting updated records to the responsible agency. Property owners should themselves be required to keep a copy of such records (perhaps in the form of a flash drive) with their ownership documents both for reference and safekeeping.

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