Emergency Instructions
You may be told to take cover indoors. If so, these instructions will tell you to:

  • stay inside;
  • close all windows and doors;
  • turn off fans, air conditioners and furnaces; and,
  • keep listening to the same EAS radio or television station for further messages.

If you are told to leave the area, take the following with you:

  • clothes for two days;
  • medicines;
  • personal items and papers you may need;
  • toilet articles; and,
  • a sleeping bag or two blankets for each person.

Before you go, remember to do the following:

  • Turn off all lights and appliances.
  • If you decide to leave your pets at home, provide your pets with shelter and a three day supply of food and water. Evacuating pet owners may choose to take their pets to friends or relatives or kennels outside the emergency planning zone.
  • Lock all windows and doors.

When you leave your home:

  • Tie a white handkerchief or piece of white cloth to your door or mailbox to indicate to authorities that you have left.
  • Keep the windows and vents closed in your car.
  • If you must be outdoors, cover your mouth and nose with a cloth.
  • Drive safely and within prescribed speed limits to the reception center for your area. Follow the routes shown on the map or those given in the EAS messages.
  • If school is in session, school children from the evacuated area will be taken to the reception center. See the map for the reception center location and the chart for day care centers.
  • You will be notified when it is safe to return to your home.

If you need transportation during an evacuation, call your local Emergency Preparedness Agency or Public Safety Department.

If you are handicapped or disabled, call your local Emergency Preparedness or Public Safety Agency now and let them know that help will be needed in an emergency. The agencies and phone numbers are listed here. If you have become ill and need special help at the time of an emergency, call your local sheriff or ambulance service.

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