We have “fire marshalls” on every floor in my office and I have two buddies who would look out for me when an emergency occurs. Our building has those bright, painful lights (think bad disco lighting), so I can’t miss those nor the sound (awful). But I could be in a meeting or the ladies’ room when something happens (hope not).
Emergencies do happen. It’s scary that many people don’t take the alarm going off seriously. When I was five, I was in a fire at my grandparents’ house. We all got out, but Grandpa had to go to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Article: Warning the deaf in an emergency