Planning ahead for an unexpected evacuation is crucial for safety and survival.
Whether you are facing a fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, tsunami, chemical spills or any other kind of disaster that requires you to leave your home, you should always have a solid evacuation plan in place that can help get you and your family out of harm’s way as soon as possible.
There are four basic things that you will need to know in the event of an evacuation:
1. What is the emergency?
Knowing what kind of disaster is heading your way will help you determine the best route that will help you avoid the disaster path so that you can get to safety.
You should be able to find out what’s going on just by listening to a radio, television news channels, or police scanner.
2. How do I gather my family?
It is important that you figure out how you are going to gather your family members during an evacuation.
Often times, the disaster will cause phone services to stop working and you won’t be able to call anyone.
The best way to get everyone together is by choosing at least three meeting locations in your town in case one of the destinations has become unreachable.
3. Where should I go?
Getting to safety is a priority during any disaster, so knowing where you will go and how you will get there is an important aspect of evacuation planning.
You need to make a list of emergency shelters in your area, along with a list of emergency shelters in nearby towns that you can drive to just in case all of the shelters in your town are inaccessible.
You should also become familiar with alternative routes that will help you get to the next safest shelter.
4. What Should I Bring?
Before you evacuate your home, you will need to gather important documents such as your identification card, social security card, debit/credit cards and bank information.
You will also need to bring prescription medications and basic necessities such as clothes, bottled water, canned foods, and personal care items.
You should also gather items that are irreplaceable such as photo albums and computer hard drives that contain important information.
And if you have enough time, it wouldn’t hurt to bring along valuables such as jewelry and collectible items that you can sell for other things that you need.
After you’ve answered the four questions above, you will have an evacuation plan that gives you a much better chance to escape and survive any kind of disaster that comes your way.
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