Create an evacuation plan for your home
Making an emergency evacuation plan for your family is simple. Here's how.
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Decide on the following
Once you have the answers to the following scenarios and questions, you can build your plan.
- A meeting place and a backup meeting place near your property or in the area.
- The safest routes inside your own home to evacuate.
- A plan for your pets to transport and feed them.
- Choose which car (or cars) you will take. Try to make a habit of making sure the cars you choose have a full gas tank.
- Decide how often will you review and practice the plan with your family.
Consider including these steps to your plan
Only if time permits.
- Lock doors.
- Close windows.
- Shut off utilities.
Things to always keep in mind
- Keep your distance from downed power lines.
- Look out for washed-out or blocked roads and bridges, and never drive into flooded areas, as these waters can be deceptively deep and powerful.
- Adhere to evacuation routes.
- If you receive instruction to evacuate, do not ignore it. You may put yourself at risk if you do not heed instruction.