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Create an evacuation plan for your home

Making an emergency evacuation plan for your family is simple. Here's how.

Family in loading their truck to safely evacuate

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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.

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