Everyone Needs an Evacuation Plan
- Nov 10, 2020
What to Have in Your Safe Spot: A ChecklistWhile there may be other items to add to this list of emergency supplies because of your circumstances, these are items you definitely need. Some are things you will keep in storage. This is also a great place to keep computer backups and that fireproof box with important papers.
- A flashlight
- A portable radio
- First-aid kit
- A whistle
- Canned food and a non-electric can opener
- Dog and cat food
- Moist towelettes
- Local maps on paper
- Phone chargers
- Laptop chargers
- Any medications
- Any important hard drives or flash drives
- Sleeping bags and blankets
- A pocket knife
- Warm clothing
- Sturdy shoes
- Leashes for pets
- Towels and washcloths
- Social Security cards and passports
- Any keys you need
- Important papers
- Toys and games to keep children occupied
- More clothing, pillows and blankets
- Paper towels
- Disposable plates and cutlery
Plans to Make Before You EvacuateNow that you have your stuff safely stashed in your safe spot, it’s time to think about who, how, when and where you’ll go.
- Plan how you’ll leave and where you’ll go.
- Identify several places you can go in an emergency, such as a friend’s home or a hotel. Choose destinations not only in different towns but in different directions so that you have options during an emergency.
- If you have pets, find a place to stay that will accept them. Most public shelters only allow service animals.
- Create a family/household plan to stay in touch in case you become separated. Make sure you have a meeting place—this could be your safe spot—and keep it updated when circumstances change.
- If you have a car:
- Keep a full tank of gas if it’s likely you’ll have to evacuate. Keep a half tank of gas in it at all times just in case there’s an unexpected need to evacuate. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas if there’s a power outage. Plan to take only one car per family to reduce traffic congestion and delays.
- Make sure you have a portable emergency kit in the car.
- If you don’t have a car, plan how you will leave if needed. Decide with family, friends or your local emergency management office to see what resources may be available.
The Last-Minute Things to Do Before You EvacuateBefore you leave your home, take care of a few last-minute things in case you are able to return. Your evacuation plan should include unplugging all electronics, shutting off the water, electricity and gas, locking all doors and windows, and leaving a note in a place where it can easily be seen. Your note should include your name, number, who you have with you, and where you have gone.
During the EvacuationThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends the following during an evacuation:
- Grab your emergency supplies from your safe spot.
- Download the FEMA app for a list of open shelters during an active disaster in your local area.
- Listen to your car or battery-operated radio, and follow evacuation instructions.
- Follow recommended evacuation routes. Don’t take shortcuts as they may be blocked.
- Stay alert for road hazards like washed-out roads or bridges and downed power lines, and don’t drive into flooded areas.
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