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Evacuation Preparedness Guide
The amount of time you have to evacuate will depend on the disaster. If the event can be
monitored, such as a predicted flood event, you may have time to get ready. However,
many disasters allow no time for people to gather basic necessities or make plans at that
time. It is best to do your evacuation planning now, rather than wait until evacuation is
Local authorities will not ask people to evacuate unless they truly feel lives may be in
danger. Evacuate immediately if requested or required to do so by local officials.
This guide will address evacuation on three levels based on the time available to
♦ Immediate Evacuation necessary
♦ Moments to Evacuate
♦ Hours to Evacuate
Be sure to involve all family members in the planning, review, and practicing of the
evacuation plan. If you live in an apartment building, know the evacuation plan.
When Packing or Preparing for Evacuation, keep the letter “P” in mind:
o People and Pets – life safety always comes first!
o Prescriptions – pills and eyeglasses
And if you’ve done the pre-planning or time allows:
o Papers – phone numbers, legal documents, birth certificates, etc
o Pictures of family
o Plastic – credit cards and cash
o PC – personal computer (download vital electronic records)
Consider storing copies of important information at another location, such as at the
home of a close family member – preferably out of town. Make a visual or written
record of your household possessions. Record model and serial numbers.