In the event of an emergency, you may be instructed to Evacuate. This is a protective action order that may be issued in order to keep you safe from a potentially hazardous environment outdoors.
If you are told to Evacuate, follow the instructions below and listen to a local radio or television station for additional information.
- If Time Allows:
- Unplug all electrical equipment, with the exception of refrigerators and freezers. (If there is a danger of flooding, unplug refrigerators and freezers.)
- If your home has been damaged from severe weather or other disaster, shut off your water, gas and electricity before leaving.
- Take medications that may be needed within a 24-48 hour period.
- Check with your neighbors to see if they need a ride.
- Before you leave your home, tie a white cloth on your front door or mailbox to let emergency workers know that you have evacuated your home.
- Take your Disaster Supply Kit (Link to: DISASTER SUPPLY KIT), if you do not have an Emergency Kit (Link to: VEHICLE EMERGENCY KIT) in your vehicle.
- Take your pets with you with plenty of food and water for them. (Pets may not be permitted in public shelters.)
- Listen to your radio for additional instructions.
- Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not attempt to take shortcuts as they may be blocked.
- Be alert for road hazards, such as washed-out roads or bridges or downed power lines.
- Call an emergency contact to inform them of the situation and give them your location.