Local authorities issue evacuation alerts and orders when disasters threaten. Listen to local radio and television reports and if local authorities ask you to leave, do so immediately.
The amount of time you have to evacuate will depend on the disaster. When you are ordered to evacuate is not the time to decide what to do and what to take. Making an Evacuation Plan for you and your family will relieve some of the stress you might experience when being ordered to evacuate.
- Medical supplies: medications, eyeglasses, dentures, etc.
- Family members and pets
- Disaster kit and supplies (including flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid kit and bottled water)
- Clothing and bedding (a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each member of the family)
- Car and house keys
- Go to ESS Reception Centre to register and receive referrals
If the disaster is not imminent and you have been placed on “alert”, do the following:
- Bring things indoors (lawn furniture, trash cans, children's toys, garden equipment, etc.)
- Look for potential hazards around your home
- Turn off electricity and water
- Leave natural gas on unless otherwise advised by local officials
- Turn off propane gas
- If high winds are expected, cover the outside of all windows of your home
- If flooding is expected, consider obtaining sandbags to keep your residence safe and dry.
- It takes two people about one hour to fill and place 100 sandbags giving you a wall one foot high and 20 feet long
Protect Your Valuables
- Move objects that may get damaged to safer areas of your home
- Make a visual or written record of all of your household possessions. Record model and serial numbers
Important Papers to Take With You (or copies)
- Driver's licence or personal identification
- Social Insurance card
- Proof of resident
- Insurance policies
- Birth and marriage certificates
If you are issued an Evacuation Order, use specified travel routes. Do not use shortcuts – they may be impassible. Be alert for unsafe roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas. Stay away from downed power lines. Stay out of fire hazard areas until you are advised it is safe to return. Follow return instructions issued by the local authority.