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Evacuation

​Authorities will not ask you to leave your home unless they have reason to believe you are in danger.

If you are ordered to evacuate, take:

  • your emergency kit
  • your emergency plan
  • essential medications and copies of prescriptions
  • a cell phone (if you have one)
  • your pets

Pets may not be allowed in some emergency shelters, so plan in advance for a pet-friendly location.

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.
    (If you turn off the gas, the gas company has to reconnect it. In a major emergency, it could take weeks for a professional to respond. You would be without gas for heating and cooking).
  • Lock your home.

If you have time:

  • Call or e-mail your out-of-town contact. Tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive. (Once you are safe, let them know. Tell them if any family members have become separated.)
  • Leave a note telling others when you left and where you are going.