September 12, 2006
It takes 13 minutes to walk down 50 flights of stairs. I did not learn this lesson firsthand. Rather, it was presented as secondhand information by some of my coworkers. As part of the downtown evacuation last week, some of my coworkers decided to take the stairs to see in the event of real emergency how long it would take to descend 50 flights of stairs. I, knowing if it came down to it and I had to take the stairs I would haul ass and do it, chose in this simulated drill to take the elevators. The elevator ride took about 15 seconds.