In certain emergencies, the safest course of action may be to leave the area. This evacuation may be as simple as traveling across the street to avoid a house fire or could require moving your entire family to an entirely new location during a flood. Evacuation situations can be pre-declared, as in forecasted weather situations, or can occur at a moment’s notice, as in unplanned accidents.

Regardless whether the situation is planned or unexpected, the call for an evacuation requires immediate response. Knowing and practicing the evacuation plans for your home, work and other regularly visited facilities will make this response easier. Be prepared to evacuate by having your emergency kit in a convenient location and consider alternative exit routes, in case the preferred one is not available. Once you arrive in your safe zone, make arrangements to alert your emergency contact to your well-being.

Cars evacuating from disaster area


  • What is the best means of transportation? Can I drive or walk to the safe zone, do I need other arrangements?
  • If you do choose to use a vehicle, is the tank full of fuel?
  • Do I have my emergency kit that can supply me (and those with me) until more assistance is available? Is this kit stored in a convenient location?
  • Does my plan include arrangements for the special needs of my household (children, seniors, disabilities or special needs, language comprehension issues, pets, medications)?
  • Do I have means for communication?
  • How long will I be able to stay at that location? Is this safe zone available for a long-term stay, or do I need additional arrangements?

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