Emergency Evacuation Instructions
If you received an emergency message, follow the directions it contained. During an emergency or evacuation, additional information will be provided here as soon as it is available.
How to Prepare for an Evacuation
Not all emergencies require evacuation, but when they do, it is important that you are prepared and move quickly. Do not hesitate.
The terms “Voluntary” and “Mandatory” are used to describe evacuation orders. These terms are used to alert you to the significance of the danger. All evacuation instructions provided by officials should be followed immediately for your safety.
Preparation is key to avoid panic in an emergency evacuation. The following highlights some of the actions you should take in these situations.
- Plan several of your own evacuation routes. DO NOT expect emergency personnel to design evacuation routes. However, if an evacuation is called, be sure to pay attention if there are specific directions about where to go if an evacuation center has been established.
- Assemble an emergency supply kit, that includes water, medications and cash. Remember what your pets may need!
- Appoint an out-of-area friend or relative as a point of contact so you can communicate with family members who have relocated.
- Have a portable AM/FM radio or weather scanner so you can stay updated.
- If you have equine that would need to be evacuated, WestWorld may be an appropriate center for you. Please read and follow the instructions from WestWorld (pdf) so you are prepared in the event of an emergency.
- Alert family and neighbors.
- Dress in appropriate clothing (boots, cotton clothing). Have goggles and a dry bandanna or particle mask handy.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Shut off a/c. Leave lights on.
- Shut off gas at meter. Turn off pilot lights.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Do not leave sprinklers or water running. It can reduce critical water supply.
- Have a charged cell phone and extra chargers.
- Leave early. You don't have to wait until authorities to tell you to leave. Time is of the essence and authorities may not be able to knock on every door.
- Grab your emergency supply kit.
- Pay attention to instructions. There may be evacuation centers set up for you to go.
- If you are evacuating horses to WestWorld, be sure to bring the signed waiver (pdf).
The following links have additional info to help you know what to have ready or to grab in a quick evacuation.
Do not return to your home until officials determine it is safe. Notification that it is safe to return home will be given as soon as possible considering safety and accessibility.
When You Return:
- Be alert for downed power lines and other hazards.
- Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines for damage before turning gas on.
- If evacuation was called for a wildfire, check your residence carefully for hidden embers or smoldering fires.
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