In some emergency situations it may become necessary to leave your home or business and move to a safer location. Planning ahead will help you cope.

Local government officials will make every effort to keep people who are located in an area that is at risk informed.  This may be done by telephone, local media, notices delivered door to door, or by emergency services personnel vehicles using sirens and loud-halers or by personal contact.  Listen to local radio or television for updated information.

Items to take with you:

• Money (small bills, coins), Credit Cards, Birth Certificates, family identification, legal documents etc.  Put all the items in a resealable plastic bag.

• Medications (including personal medical appliances)

• Clothing and blankets if you have time to pack

• Infant food including diapers (if applicable)

• Personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shaving items, feminine hygiene items, etc)

• Pets (pets are not allowed at reception centres, so please make alternate arrangements.  This is best done before an emergency is imminent.)

What to do when you must evacuate:

• Vacate your home when advised – ignoring a warning may jeopardize your safety.

• Wear clothing appropriate for the anticipated weather.

• Turn off anything you may be cooking.

• Shut off electricity (lights and appliances, etc) and water if officials tell you to. You might want to shut off the hot water heater and drain it.

• Place a sign on the front door, or in a visible place in the front window saying that all residents have evacuated.

• Take your emergency supply kit and lock your home.

• Follow the routes specified by officials.  Do not take short cuts.

• Do not drive through flood waters or off-road unless told to.

• If your car stalls in fast rising waters leave it behind – always consider safety first.

• Register with the reception centre so that you can be contacted and reunited with your family.

• Notify your family contact regarding your situation.  Do not use the phone again unless it is a life threatening emergency.