Evacuation Practice

Items for Review

Practice and review the essentials and actions should immediate evacuation become mandatory.

Essentials to Take for Immediate Evacuation

  • Important papers (if readily available)
  • Medications
  • Prescription glasses / dentures
  • Personal toilet articles / sanitary needs
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • Baby food/diapers
  • Checkbook / credit cards / cash
  • Driver’s license
  • 72-hour survival kit

Essentials to Take if Time Permits

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Change of clothing for each person
  • Food - non-perishable, ready-to-eat
  • Recreational items: games, cards, sewing, books

Actions to Take for Immediate Evacuation

  • Disconnect all appliances except refrigerator and freezer
  • In winter, set heat thermostat to lowest setting.
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Leave the exterior light on
  • Be sure to leave the evacuation sign on your front door knob. This notifies rescuers of your evacuation

Actions to Take if Time Permits

  • Secure your outdoor possessions (lawn furniture, garbage cans, etc.)
  • Secure or hide your valuables
  • Turn off the gas before leaving home