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Evacuation Kits & Tips

Shelter in Place Emergency Kit

Prepare a Shelter-in-Place Kit containing the following:

  • A battery-operated AM/FM radio with spare batteries
  • Flashlights with spare batteries
  • Food and bottled water for three days (one gallon per person per day)
  • Blankets, pillows, towels; toys for children
  • First-aid kit and medications
  • Other items essential for your family's survival
  • Include food and water for your pets
  • Consider sanitary arrangements for your family and pets

Check the kits every six months to make sure all the supplies are still there and that they are fresh.

Evacuation Supply Kit

Assemble an Evacuation Supply Kit containing the following:

  • Food and bottled water for three days (one gallon per person per day)
  • Toilet articles (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)
  • Prescription medicines, medical equipment and important medical records
    Clothing for several days
  • Blankets, pillows, and towels (particularly if you may stay at a public shelter)
    Identification and important papers
  • Checkbook, credit card and cash
  • Flashlights with extra batteries, phone chargers and extra phone batteries
  • Baby and/or pet supplies including special food, sanitary items and play items

Other Important Evacuation Tips

  • Have a good road map. Evacuation routes may take you on unfamiliar roads.
  • Know how to safely shut off your electricity, gas and water at main switches and valves.
  • Secure all loose yard items like lawn furniture, BBQ grills, bird baths, trash cans, planters, awnings, etc.
  • Move valuable items to inner rooms or upper floors.
  • Remove perishable items from your refrigerator and freezer. Power may be off for an extended time.
  • Unpluging major appliances and electronics is recommended to avoid damage from lightning strikes or power surges.
  • Consider obtaining storm shutters or preparing plywood to board up windows of your home.
  • Close and lock windows and doors. Close curtains and shades.
  • Check with neighbors to see if they need assistance. Offer to share transportation.
  • Load your Evacuation Supply kit and all who are traveling together and leave.