In a disaster situation it may be necessary to evacuate your home for several days or longer. Because disasters can strike with little or no warning, you should be prepared to leave at a moment's notice. Knowing beforehand the steps to take in case of evacuation can make a big difference. Consider learning about the following items to be prepared in the event of an evacuation:
When Authorities Tell You to Evacuate
- Contact the Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency or the Township Emergency Management Coordinator to learn about evacuation routes in the area.
- Determine where you will go if the Township is evacuated.
- Discuss with your family the possibility of evacuation.
- Find out your child's school evacuation policy.
- Check that your Disaster Supply Kit is assembled and ready to go.
- Make sure your car is filled up - fuel may be in short supply during a disaster.
If You Are Going to a Public Shelter
- Bring your Disaster Supply Kit
- Wear sturdy shoes and clothing
- Unplug home electronics
- Lock the doors and windows
- Turn off the main switches and valves for gas, water and electricity, if instructed.
- Inform a friend or relative of your route
- Follow recommended evacuation routes. Watch for washed out bridges, flooded areas and downed power lines.
Considerations for Your Pets in an Evacuation
- Be aware that alcoholic beverages, pets and weapons are not allowed in public shelters.
- Practice patience and cooperation. Sharing space with many others can be challenging.
- Stay in the shelter until authorities advise you it is safe to leave.
- Pets should not be left behind during a disaster, but do not risk your own safety attempting to find them if you must evacuate quickly.
- Attach ID tags to your pet with your name and address.
- Remember that most emergency shelters do not allow pets (except service animals).
- Make a list of pet shelters and of hotels that permit animals in the area you would evacuate to.
- Put together and emergency supply kit for your pet. Include things like a first aid kit, food dishes, a litter box, a leash or pet carrier, medication, food, veterinary records and water.