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Evacuation Steps
  1. Evacuation
    It may be best to stay at home or at your place of work and shelter-in-place. Listen for the emergency information and evacuation announcements by fire or police departments. Pay attention to loudspeaker announcements and follow instructions. Police and fire department vehicles may give you specific directions via loudspeaker or door-to-door contact. Follow these instructions and be cooperative.
  2. Turn Your Radio or Television On
    Announcements concerning the emergency, specific evacuation procedures, as well as all-clear signals will be broadcast by regional radio and television stations. Please pay attention and follow directions.
  3. Do Not Tie Up Telephones
    Fire department, police, and involved businesses need every available telephone line to initiate help and rescue procedures. Therefore: use the telephone only when absolutely necessary. If all you need is information, please use non-emergency numbers, available in your telephone book. It is a good idea to post the non-emergency numbers for the police and fire departments for easy quick reference.
  4. Grab Your Family Safety Kit
    Grab your family safety kit if prepared, or quickly gather what your family may need for a few days. You should have prepared a Family Safety Kit in advance, with a towel, map, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, small radio, prescription drugs, a small sealed container of water, non-perishable snacks and foods, toiletries, eye glasses, plastic trash bags, hearing aid (as needed), wide tape, etc.
  5. Turn Off Ventilation Systems, Lights & Appliances; Lock Doors & Windows
    Prevent contaminants from entering your home or office in your absence. In the event there are combustible materials in the air, you can help prevent a fire or explosion by eliminating sources of spark or fire.
  6. Do Not Block Traffic
    Police, fire department, and emergency teams depend on free roadways. You may also consider providing transportation for neighbors who may need assistance. If you have been ordered to evacuate and have no way to evacuate, dial 9-1-1.
  7. Proceed Calmy, Obey All Traffic Laws & Drive Carefully
    Do not add to the problem by causing an accident or collision. Emergency responders are trained to handle the situation, so help them by cooperating.
  8. Stay Away From The Emergency Scene
    Do not risk chemical exposure by being curious. Do not attempt to pick up children from school. School regulations ensure a swift orderly response to a call for evacuation. Make sure in advance that the school has such a plan. The presence of people searching for their children or siblings can only cause confusion and delays. Evacuation reception centers have been organized throughout the area and media broadcasts will inform parents and relatives as to which evacuation center school-children have been taken. The elderly or handicapped may also need special assistance. Some evacuation reception centers may contain facilities for pets. Pets must be on a leash or otherwise restrained.
  9. Report
    Report to the evacuation reception and care center for registration, even if you do not plan to remain at the center. If someone is looking for you, they will be directed to the designated evacuation reception and care center. Make their search easier by reporting in. These evacuation reception and care centers have been determined in advance of any emergency, but the decision about which evacuation reception and care center will be used will only be made after assessing the emergency situation, and will vary each time. This decision will include the direction the chemicals are traveling and other weather conditions. Do not plan to go to a specific evacuation reception and care center before an incident; you may travel into danger's way.
  10. Always Have a Backup Plan & Predetermined Meeting Point 
    In the event that you get separated from your loved ones, you need to have a backup plan and a predetermined meeting point. Remember to take only necessary items including medications and personal identification. Designate a phone number at a distant relative or friend’s home that everyone in your family can call. That person can relay information about the safety and whereabouts of all family members once everyone has checked in.