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Campus Preparedness > Emergency Tips

Emergency Evacuation Tips

When community evacuations become necessary, local officials provide information to the public through the media. But just in case, you should have enough water, food, clothing and emergency supplies to last three days. In a catastrophic emergency, you might need to be self-sufficient for even longer.

The amount of time you have to evacuate will depend on the disaster. But many disasters offer no time for people to gather even the most basic necessities.

Planning for Evacuation

  • Learn evacuation routes. If you do not own a car, make transportation arrangements with friends or your local government.
  • Talk with your family about the possibility of evacuation. Plan where you would go if you had to leave the community.
  • Plan a place to meet your family in case you are separated from one another in a disaster.
  • Find out where children will be sent if they are in school when an evacuation is announced.
  • Assemble a disaster supplies kit. Include a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, food, water and clothing. See the Emergency Supplies Checklist.
  • Keep fuel in your car if an evacuation seems likely.
  • Know how to shut off electricity, gas and water at main switches and valves.

What To Do When You are Told to Evacuate

  • Gather water, food, clothing, emergency supplies, and insurance and financial records.
  • Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Secure your home. Close and lock doors and windows. Unplug appliances. Take any actions needed to prevent damage to water pipes by freezing weather, if this is a threat.
  • Turn off the main water valve and electricity if instructed to do so.
  • Let others know where you are going.
  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
  • Follow recommended evacuations routes. Do not drive into flooded areas. Stay away from downed power lines.
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