If it becomes necessary to evacuate, plan for it ahead of time. Talk
it over and make decisions so everyone is on the same page. Preparation
can save lives and reduce the amount of time it takes to get your family
to safety and eventually back home.
Where you'll go. Decide ahead of time where you'll
go when you evacuate, taking into consideration people may be coming
from work, school, or other locations. If you have children in school,
find out where they will be sent when an evacuation is announced. Update
this plan every year or as schools or careers change.
Who you'll contact. Designate someone outside the
area to contact in the event you are separated from your family, or if
your electricity is not working in your home. Should the situation be
grave enough where your family can't evacuate together, have everyone
call the contact person to say they are safe.
Where you'll meet. Agree on a meeting point for the family if you're separated during a disaster.
Evacuation Routes Plan several evacuation routes
from your area that are not low-lying, and test them often for
efficiency. In the event of a flash flood you won't be able to evacuate,
but you must seek higher ground. In areas where there is extreme heat,
identify places to avoid exposure like malls, movie theaters or a
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