General emergency response evacuation
In some cases, it may be necessary to evacuate your home or neighborhood. Village officials will tell you when to evacuate through the media and direct warnings. Evacuation is used as a last resort when a serious threat to public safety exists.
Be prepared to evacuate
If there is time, secure your home: close and lock windows and doors, and unplug appliances before you leave. Authorities will instruct you if it is necessary to turn off utilities.
- Wear sturdy shoes and comfortable, protective clothing, such as long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
- Make sure everyone knows where to find your disaster supply kit and "Go Bags." Bring them with you.
- Know your workplace, school, and child's school evacuation plan.
- Determine the best escape routes from your home. Try and identify two escape routes.
- Plan where to meet after a disaster if your home becomes unsafe. Choose two places, one just outside your home and one outside your neighborhood in case you are told to evacuate.
- Remember: evacuation routes change based on the emergency, so stay tuned to the local news for the latest information. Responding to an emergency can be easier if you plan ahead.
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Shelter in place
When evacuation to shelters is neither appropriate nor possible, you may be asked to stay where you are. Sheltering in place is an effective way to protect yourself in many emergencies involving contaminated air. However, you should only do so if directed by emergency officials.
If you are asked to shelter in place:
- Go inside your home or the nearest appropriate facility (school, library, place of worship, etc.).
- Take shelter in a room that has few doors or windows. Ideally, a room to shelter in place should allow at least 10 square feet per person.
- Seal all doors and windows.
- Turn off all ventilation systems.
- Do not use the phone – keep the phone line available for emergency calls.
- Stay tuned to your radio or television for emergency information and updates. Make use of your "Go Bag" and emergency supply kit.
Evacuate immediately when you:
- Are directed to do so by an emergency official.
- Are in immediate danger.
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Some emergencies may require that you leave your home and travel to an emergency shelter. Local officials will inform you when sheltering is necessary.
Disaster sheltering guidelines:
- If you can, try to seek shelter with friends or relatives outside the affected area.
- Evacuation shelters can be set up in schools, municipal buildings, and places of worship. They provide basic food and water. If possible, bring clothing, bedding, bathing and sanitary supplies, special food, and pre-filled prescriptions and other medications to shelters.
- Alcoholic beverages, firearms, and illegal substances are not allowed in emergency shelters.
- You cannot bring pets to shelters. Only service animals are allowed.
- Take your "Go Bag" to the shelter with you.
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