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Safer school design principles Earthquakes: Buildings with timber or steel frames need sufficient diagonal bracing to resist shaking and high winds. Flood: Elevating buildings on top of piles or columns, or building on top of compacted earth, can raise the building above damaging floodwaters. Where elevation is not possible, using materials that can get wet is the next best option. SECTION III: DESIGN Safe evacuation: Clear passageways and exits, doors that open outward, and stairways with sturdy hand railings can help students and staff evacuate quickly and safely. 66