At INSURENEX, we pride ourselves on giving you the tools to #ProtectWhatMatters. This month, we’ll be examining how to protect yourself and your family in the event of an emergency. Evacuations are a lot more common than people think.
Fires and floods cause evacuations most frequently across the U.S. almost every year. In addition, hundreds of times a year, transportation and industrial accidents release harmful substances, forcing many people to leave their homes. In Southern California, a great concern is the effect of earthquakes. There are different strategies that officials use to help us navigate through these potentially harmful occurrences.
In some circumstances, local officials decide that the hazards are serious and require mandatory evacuations. In others, evacuations are advised or households decide to evacuate to avoid situations they believe are potentially dangerous. When community evacuations become necessary, local officials provide information to the public through the media. In some circumstances, other warning methods, such as using sirens, text alerts, emails, and telephone calls are used.
The amount of time you have to leave will depend on the hazard. However, many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most basic of necessities, which is why planning ahead is essential.
Here are some guidelines you should follow for evacuations:
1. Plan places where you and your family will meet, both within and outside your immediate neighborhood.
2. If you have a car, keep a full tank of gas in it if an evacuation seems likely.
3. Follow recommended evacuation roads. Shortcuts may be blocked, so avoid taking them.
4. Take your emergency supply kit unless you believe it has been contaminated.
5. Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
6. Securing your home by closing doors and locking windows.
7. Check with neighbors who may need a ride.
8. Leave a note telling others when you left and where you are going, if time permits.
9. Take your pets with you, but understand that only service animals may be permitted in public shelters.
10. Become familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation in your area.
INSURENEX urges you to become familiar with these evacuation procedures to keep you and your family safe! Info provided by ready.gov.