Have an Evacuation Plan
- Discuss what to do in an evacuation with everyone in your family.
- Know where you will go if an evacuation is called.
- Review at least two exit routes from your home or neighborhood to a designated meeting place for your family.
- Don't forget about your pets; they are not allowed at most public shelters.
Pack Your Bags
- After a disaster, you may not be able to return to your home for some time.
- Assemble everything your family will need in advance if you must evacuate your home.
- Pack one change of clothes and shoes per person as well as one blanket or sleeping bag per person.
- Write down the name of your insurance company, policy number and telephone number and keep it in a safe place.
- Include an extra set of car keys, your credit cards, cash and/or traveler's checks. Don't forget your important emergency contact numbers.
- Create a first aid kit that includes your family’s prescription medications.
- Pack sanitation supplies and special items for babies, senior citizens or disabled family members
- Bring extra eyeglasses and a favorite family board game to help pass the time away from home.
If You Must Evacuate
Before You Go
- Unplug electrical equipment such as radios, televisions and small appliances. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding. If there is damage to your home and you are instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving.
- Post a note telling when you left and where you are going.
- Don't forget about your pets and be sure to lock your home.
- Evacuate immediately if authorities tell you to do so.
- Listen to your battery-powered radio and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.
- Wear layered warm, dry clothing and sturdy shoes.
- Be sure to take your disaster supply kit with you to a shelter or safe location. Use travel routes specified by local authorities -- don't use shortcuts.