Evacuation

Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Hundreds of times each year, transportation and industrial accidents release harmful substances, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes. Fires and floods cause evacuations even more frequently.

When community evacuations become necessary, local officials provide information to the public through the media. In some circumstances, other warning methods, such as sirens or telephone calls, also are used. Additionally, there may be circumstances under which you and your family feel threatened or endangered and you need to leave your home, school, or workplace to avoid these situations.

The amount of time you have to leave will depend on the hazard. If the event is a weather condition, such as a hurricane that can be monitored, you might have a day or two to get ready. However, many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most basic necessities. This is why planning ahead is essential.

Evacuation Guidelines

Always:

  • Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay
  • Make transportation arrangements with friends or your local government if you do not own a car
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions
  • Gather your family and go if you are instructed to evacuate immediately
  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked
  • Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges and washes with running water. Do not drive into flooded areas
  • Stay away from downed power lines
  • Follow your family evacuation plan and communication plan whenever possible

If time permits:

  • Gather your disaster supplies kit
  • Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a cap
  • Secure your home. Close and lock doors and windows
  • Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances, such as toasters and microwaves. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding
  • Let others know where you are going
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