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Evacuation Tips

What to Do When Told to Evacuate

 

  1. Secure your house.
     
  2. If you do not have transportation, check the Emergency Calendar to see the closest bus pick-up route.
     
  3. You are advised to not pick up your children at school to cut down on traffic congestion and confusion at the school. School children will be taken to a designated “host school” outside the area where you can meet them later. If you must go to the school, make sure that there is a traffic management and parent pick-up plan in place at the school, beforehand.
     
  4. Familiarize all family members with the evacuation route to your Reception Center.
     
  5. Keep your car filled with gas – do not postpone filling up to tomorrow. Make sure that your town has made arrangements beforehand so emergency workers can open gas stations after business hours in a radiological emergency.
     
  6. Stay tuned to your Emergency Alert System Radio Station.
     
  7. While in the car, keep all windows and vents closed.
     
  8. Personal respiratory protection should be used 3-M type masks or damp cloths, during an evacuation while there is, or may be, an airborne plume. Body protection is appropriate to cover exposed hair and skin during an evacuation from a contaminated area.
  9. Prepare a mental list of things to take that can be gathered quickly:
  • prescription medicines, medical equipment, important medical record
  • Identification, important papers, credit and money cards
  • Essential clothing and toilet articles

 

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