Immediate Risk (In Your Home)

If you smell gas, smoke, or see fire or otherwise fear for your safety, evacuate household occupants immediately. From a safe location, call 911 and report the incident.

General Evacuation Orders

If local officials issue evacuation orders, use the evacuation routes and methods specified; carpool whenever possible. If time allows:

  • Wear sturdy shoes, long-sleeve shirts, and pants.
  • Bring car keys, credit cards, road maps, cell phone, charger, and important phone numbers.
  • Bring your go-bag.
  • If you have a pet, make sure it is wearing a collar, bring it in a pet carrier labeled with your name and the pet’s name. Bring your pet’s go-bag.
  • Lock your home and shut off the water and electricity, but leave gas on unless instructed otherwise.
  • Leave a note or tell a neighbor where you are going.
  • Once you arrive at a safe location, call your out-of-area emergency contact.

Evacuation Guidelines for Residents

Disaster Shelters

Immediately following a large disaster, suitable shelter sites will be selected from a predesignated list based on areas of need and estimated numbers of displaced persons. The nature location and scope will determine which shelters will be opened. Therefore, it is not possible to say with advance certainty which sites will actually operate as disaster shelters. As soon as disaster sites have been formally designated, this list will be announced through local media to the public. If it is unsafe to shelter-in-place, and you do not have an alternative, evacuate to a designated emergency shelter.

  • Tell your out-of area contact where you are going.
  • Take your go-bag with you to the shelter.
  • Initially, emergency shelters may not be able to provide basic supplies and materials. Consider bringing extra items (e.g. blanket, pillow, air mattress, towel, washcloth, diapers, food, and supplies for infants.)
  • Provide for your pet. Only service animals are allowed in “human” shelters. If you cannot make other plans for your pets, Animal Care and Control staff will be available at “human” shelters to help with pet sheltering needs.