Knowing What to Do

In an Evacuation

  • If you do not own a vehicle or drive, make prior arrangements with neighbors, friends or family for transportation.
  • Listen to your battery-powered radio and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.
  • Listen to your battery-powered radio or car radio and use travel routes specified by authorities. Never attempt to use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.
  • Take your disaster supplies kit.
  • Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.


  • Get your disaster supplies kit and make sure the battery-powered radio is working.
  • Go to an interior room without windows that is above the ground level. Some chemicals are heavier than air and may seep into basements.
  • Listen to the radio or television until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate.
  • Local officials may ask residents to shelter-in-place during a chemical or hazardous materials emergency. This means you must remain in your home or office and protect yourself there.
  • Lock all windows and exterior doors and close vents and fireplace dampers. Turn off all fans and heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Using duct tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room. Include spaces around pipes.

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