Evacuations are more common than many people realize. They are most frequently the results of fires and floods. Major storms such as hurricanes cause often result in mass-scale evacuations. In addition, hundreds of times a year, transportation and industrial accidents release harmful substances, forcing many people to leave their homes and places of work.
The amount of time you have to leave will depend on the hazard. If the event is a weather condition, such as a hurricane, you might have a day or two to get ready. However, many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most basic necessities, which is why planning ahead is essential.
Plan how you will assemble your family (or employees for workplace evacuation planning) and supplies and anticipate where you will go for different situations. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency and know the evacuation routes to get to those destinations.
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