Emergencies are unforeseen combinations of circumstances (or their result), that call for immediate action. Particularly critical events may require egress or escape of people, away from an area containing imminent or ongoing threats, or hazards to lives and properties. To protect people’s lives and wellbeing, emergency management agencies may use coordinated evacuation as a prime risk management strategy.

Read this commentary to learn about some critical issues that must be considered when planning for evacuations, with an emphasis on: 1) Inter-agency collaboration; 2) Users’ preferred sheltering-practices; 3) Catering for vulnerable populations.