In a disaster situation, it may be necessary to evacuate your home for several days or longer. Because disasters can strike with little or no warning, you should be prepared to leave at a moments notice. Knowing beforehand the steps to take in case of evacuation can make a big difference.
- Determine where you will go if your community is evacuated.
- Discuss with your family the possibility of evacuation.
- Find out your child's school evaucation policy.
- Check that your disaster supply kit is assembled and ready to go.
- Make sure your car is filled up - fuel may be in short supply during a disaster.
WHEN AUTHORITIES TELL YOU TO EVACUATE
- Bring your disaster supply kit
- Wear strudy shoes an dclothing
- Unplug home electronics
- Lock the doors and windows
- Turn off the main swicthes and valves for gas, water and electricity if instructed.
- Inform a friend or relative of your route.
- Follow recommened evacuation routes. Watch for washed out roads, bridges, flooded areas and downed power lines.
- Pets should not be left behind during a disaster, but do not risk your own safety attempting to find them if you must evacuate quickly.
- Attach ID tags to your pets with your name and address.
- Remember that most emergency shelters do not allow pets (except service animals).
- Make a list of pet shelters and of hotels that permit animals in the area you would evaucate to.
- Put together an emergency supply kit for your pets. Include things like a first aid kit, food dishes, a litter box, leash, pet carrier, medication, food, and veterinary records and water.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO A PUBLIC SHELTER
- Be aware that alcholic beverages, pets and weapons are not allowed
- Practice patience and cooperation. Sharing space with many others can be a challenge.
- Stay in the shelter until authorities advise you that it is safe to leave.