Planning for Evacuation
During an emergency, always follow the direction of your local Public Safety Officials to know which evacuation routes and shelters will be utilized during that particular emergency.
If you do not have personal transportation, make arrangements with friends or your local government.
Develop a Family Emergency Communications Plan.
As part of your Family Emergency Communications Plan, designate a meeting destination if you have to leave the community. In your planning, consider different scales of evacuation – neighborhood, town, county, etc.
Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit.
Keep your car fueled if evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during an emergency, or unable to pump gas during power outages.
Know how to shut off your home’s electricity, gas and water supplies at main switches and valves. You may want to do so prior to evacuating your home. Only perform this task if you know how to.
After meeting your family needs, check on elderly or disabled neighbors.
** It is important to note that depending upon the scope of the emergency, directives may be given by your Blackstone Emergency Management Agent, State MEMA, or Federal FEMA. During an emergency, it is important to follow their instruction and advice.