Evacuation

As a result of an emergency or impending emergency, authorities may ask you to leave your home or business for safety reasons.

If you have to evacuate take:

  • 72-hour emergency kit.
  • Family emergency plan.
  • A cell phone (if you have one).
  • Your pets and pet supplies.
  • Essential medications and prescriptions.
  • Leave immediately and use travel routes specified by authorities.

Protect your home:

  • Shut off water and electricity if officials tell you to.
  • Leave natural gas service on unless officials tell you to turn it off.
  • Lock your home.

Shelter-in-Place

Local authorities will advise you to stay in your home until the emergency passes when the air outside is not safe to breathe. They will ask you to shelter-in-place.

When asked to shelter-in-place:

  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Turn off fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Close the fireplace damper.
  • Locate your 72-hour emergency kit.
  • Move to an interior room above ground level.
  • Tape around windows, air ducts, and vents.
  • Listen to the radio for updates and do not go outside until authorities say it is safe to do so.