Evacuations Emergency Information
Evacuation from Buildings
Evacuation of buildings and facilities is essential during a threatening emergency. When you enter a building, take a moment to review the building's evacuation plan and know where the exits are located. Planned exit routes reduce surprises during the emergency and provide the most direct route to safety. Having a predetermined area to meet to account for everyone prevents rescuers from entering a building to save someone who has already left the building or facility. It also insures that rescuers will attempt a rescue for those known to be left in the structure.
Do not take non-essential personal items with you when evacuating. The idea is for you to get to safety as quickly as possible without posing a threat to others.
Essential items are those items you need immediately to clothe yourself, treat personal medical needs for the immediate future or to maintain a means of emergency communication. All other items can be recovered after the emergency or replaced if necessary.
Evacuation from Open AreasThe need to evacuate an open area outdoors may arise in the event of extreme weather conditions (lightning, tornado, etc.) or when a threat of exposure to chemicals, gases or other dangerous substances is present.
Follow instructions to evacuate an area when instructed to do so by police officers, fire fighters or other persons with knowledge about the threat.
If in an area threatened by gases, chemical spills, or other dangerous substances, move upwind (walk directly into the wind) from the threat to minimize exposure.For more information, please see: Evacuations Response Guide>>