Evacuation Guidelines

Follow these key tips when in an evacuation scenario.

Secure Your Home:

  • Close and lock doors and windows.
  • Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances.
  • Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding.
  • Gather your family and go if you are instructed to evacuate immediately.
  • Let others know where you are going.
  • 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.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas.
  • Stay away from downed power lines

Work & School:

In addition to finding out about your community’s plan, it is important that you know what plans are in place for your workplace and your children’s school or day care center.

  • Ask your employer about workplace policies regarding disasters and emergencies, including understanding how you will be provided emergency and warning information.
  • Contact your children’s school or day care center to discuss their disaster procedures.


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