Family Protection Program: If Officials Say to Evacuate

REMEMBER -- "Evacuate" does not mean "run for your life." It is a precautionary move that might be recommended to minimize risk to you. This can work properly only if you act safely, calmly, and deliberately.

  • Gather the people in your home together. If you have family at schools, hospitals, or nursing homes, do not try to pick them up. Those facilities will be following their own evacuation procedures, and you would probably miss connections. Stay tuned to your local radio stations for information on where school children are being moved.
  • If you are disabled and have previously notified officials, special services will be provided for you. If officials do not know you are disabled, notify them.
  • Do not use the phone unless you have a special emergency.
  • Leave when advised and go where advised. Follow directions given on the radio. Do not rush. Law enforcement agencies will maintain security in an evacuated area and will provide traffic control.
  • Plan for two days away from home. Lock things up and turn things off as you would for a weekend vacation. Bring essential items such as those on the checklist below.


  • Medical supplies
  • Money
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Clothing
  • Baby Needs
  • Portable radio and batteries
  • Miscellaneous Useful Items