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If You Have To Evacuate
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If You Have To Evacuate

There may be conditions in which you will decide to get away, or there may be situations when you may be ordered to leave.

Are you prepared to leave your home, your neighborhood, or even your state, if there is an emergency evacuation ordered today? Do you have an emergency evacuation plan in place for you and your family in case you have to leave on a moments notice?

Your home and personal possessions should always be secondary to the lives of your loved ones, so if it becomes necessary to evacuate, go as quickly and safely as you can.

Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency. If you have a car, keep at least a half tank of gas in it at all times. Become familiar with alternate routes as well as other means of transportation out of your area.

If you do not have a car, plan how you will leave if you have to. Take your emergency supply kit, unless you have reason to believe it has been contaminated, and lock the door behind you.

Take pets with you if you are told to evacuate; however, if you are going to a public shelter, keep in mind that they may not be allowed inside.

If you believe the air may be contaminated, drive with your windows and vents closed and keep the air conditioning and heater turned off.

This may seem preposterous at the moment, but unexpected emergencies can, and do, happen all the time and you should always be prepared to evacuate, no matter where you live. 

(1) Plan how you will get away and anticipate where you will go.

(2) Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency.

(3) Ask about evacuation plans at the places where you spend time including work, community organizations and other places you frequent.

(4) If you typically rely on elevators, have a back-up plan in case they are not working.

Listed below are talking points developed by FEMA that will help you in making you and your family as prepared as possible if there is a disaster in the area in which you live.

(1) Are you prepared?

(2) Be informed

(3) Chemical and biological terrorism

(4) Chemical and biological weapons

(5) Consider your pets

(6) Create a personal support network

(7) Develop a family communication plan

(8) Emergency Information Management

(9) Emergency kit

(10) Emergency money

(11) Fire safety

(12) Get involved

(13) If you have to evacuate

(14) Important documents

(15) Make a plan

(16) Medical supplies

(17) Shelter-in-place

(18) Stay or go

(19) The elderly and the disabled

(20) Vehicle emergency kit

(21) Working together

Preparing Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.

Information was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in consultation with AARP, the American Red Cross and the National Organization on Disability.

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