Evacuation will be recommended if your area is threatened and there is time to evacuate
safely and in an orderly manner. Evacuation is a sound protective action and the proper
response for many emergencies when it is best to separate the people impacted by the
emergency from the emergency. Radio and television broadcasts will specify which areas
of the community must evacuate and where residents should go for temporary
If you are told to evacuate, take the following actions:
- Stay calm and listen to a radio or television tuned to a local EAS station.
- To prevent secondary emergencies, turn off natural gas and fuel oil utilities, and
- Gather two changes of clothing, necessary medication, portable radio, flashlight and
batteries, checkbook, credit cards, extra keys, important identification papers and
phone lists, first aid kit, games, books, baby supplies (bottle, formula, small toys),
soap and towels, toothbrush and toothpaste. Gather only essential items to avoid
excess baggage. Take only what you need, in small quantities.
- Do not attempt to go to the location of another family member. Other family members
will be evacuated in an orderly manner if they are in an area where an evacuation
protective action is ordered.
- Special care has been taken to protect school children. Parents are urged NOT to
call or go to the school because this would only add confusion, and could hinder
authorities from the special provisions that have been made to protect the children.
Whatever the situation, children in school during an emergency are given priority.
They will be moved under close adult supervision. Once school buses reach their
assigned destination, the children will be accounted for and cared for until their
parents pick them up. Parents will be alerted to the whereabouts of their children
through EAS information.
- *Parents should monitor the EAS station for the locations their evacuated children
and for additional information regarding how and when to pick them up.
- Use your own car for evacuation if possible and take neighbors who may need a ride
if room is available. If you need a ride, go to a local fire department or other
designated pickup point where transportation will be provided.
- Except for guide dogs or other service animals, pets or other animals will not be let
into public Care Centers. They should remain in your home or in a garage, if possible.
Before you leave, be sure they have adequate food and water for a few days.
- Turn on the vehicle radio for further information if you are in a private vehicle.
- Follow the directions of the emergency response personnel. All vehicles will be
guided to assembly areas where you will receive instructions to the nearest Care
Centers. There is no need to hurry. Drive Safely!
- Medical or special help will be available, if needed, at Care Centers. Temporary
shelter will be provided there if needed, or you can stay with friends or relatives.
- When it is safe to do so, you will be allowed to return to your home or other location
from which you were evacuated. If you came by public transportation, you will be
returned the same way.
- If the emergency involved a hazardous chemical material, upon returning to your
home or other location, ventilate the structure before remaining inside.