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:
    1. Unplug all electrical equipment, with the exception of refrigerators and freezers. (If there is a danger of flooding, unplug refrigerators and freezers.)
    2. If your home has been damaged from severe weather or other disaster, shut off your water, gas and electricity before leaving.
    3. Take medications that may be needed within a 24-48 hour period.
    4. 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.