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Evacuation Tips

Immediate risk

If you smell gas, smoke or see fire or otherwise fear for your safety, evacuate household occupants immediately. Call 9-1-1 from a safe location and report the incident.

General evacuation orders

If local officials issue evacuation orders, use the evacuation routes and methods specified; carpool whenever possible. If time allows: 

  • Wear sturdy shoes, long-sleeve shirts and pants.
  • Bring car keys, credit cards, road maps, cellphone, charger and important phone numbers.
  • Bring your Go-bag. 
  • If you have a pet make sure it is wearing a collar, bring it in a pet carrier labelled with your name and the pet’s name. Bring your pet’s Go-bag.
  • Lock your home and shut off the water and electricity, but leave gas on unless instructed otherwise.
  • Leave a note or tell a neighbour where you are going.
  • Once you arrive at a safe location, call your out-of-area emergency contact.

Disaster shelters

It is not possible to say with certainty where disaster sites will be set up. As soon as disaster sites have been formally designated, this list will be announced through local media to the public. If it is unsafe to shelter-in-place, and you do not have an alternative, evacuate to a designated emergency shelter.

  • Tell your out-of area-contact where you are going.
  • Take your Go-bag with you to the shelter.
  • Initially, emergency shelters may not be able to provide basic supplies and materials. Consider bringing extra items (e.g. blanket, pillow, air mattress, towel, washcloth, diapers, food and supplies for infants.)
  • Provide for your pet: Most of the time, only service animals are allowed in “human” shelters.