Terrorism: Evacuation

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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

  • If you have the time: Turn 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

  • 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.