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1.2. Emergency Evacuation Facts & Tips

Emergency evacuations are more common than most of us might think. Fires, floods, and many other natural disasters cause frequent emergency evacuation from endangered areas. It is in your best interests to heed and obey emergency evacuation orders as outlined by national and local authorities. In any area, call 2-1-1 for information on evacuation routes and shelters. Through FEMA, users can also text “shelter” and their ZIP code to 43362 to get a list of nearby shelter locations.

Emergency Evacuation

Need transportation?  Plan ahead. Call local transportation providers and emergency management offices to find accessible options. Many local emergency management offices maintain registries of people with disabilities so they can be located and assisted quickly during a disaster. 

Have your own car?  Keep a bag of supplies with you at all times. Include items such as blankets, water, food, first aid, and more.

Evacuation has guidelines on how to evacuate your family and pets when time really matters. Learn what you should do if you need to leave quickly, and what you can do if you have a little more time to plan.

Learn how to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your pets safe and healthy during an evacuation and while staying in a shelter.

Build Your Own Disaster Supply Kit
A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items you may need in the event of an emergency. This page offers a list of mostly inexpensive and easy to find items that may save lives in a disaster.

Family Plan: Make Preparations
Get tips on emergency evacuation from the State of Louisianna. Find out what to grab and take with you if you need to leave fast, as well as how to prepare ahead if time permits. Get tips on how to protect your home and valuables, and what supplies and papers you need to take with you.

Tsunami: Preparing Your Evacuation Routes
Watch a short video that offers useful tips on how to prepare for an evacuation. You can use these in any community. Tips include things like be familiar with where you are, know the signs and what they mean, and know where you're going.

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