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Evacuation and Shelter-in-place

Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place


Shelter-in-Place is a short-term safety that involves remaining in your home for the duration of an emergency event. It is advised that residents be prepared to Shelter-in-Place for at least 72 hours.

When to shelter-in-place

  • When advised by authorities
  • Tornado Warnings
  • Severe Storm Warnings
  • If hazardous materials are released into the atmosphere

How to shelter-in-place

  • Remain inside
  • Plan to be without power for up to 72 hours
  • Use your 72 hour kit
  • Listen to the radio or check your local news outlet for updates


There are some conditions where Sheltering-in-Place is not the safest option. In these situations, evacuating your home is the best alternative.

When evacuation instructions are issued it is important to consider the following

  • Do I need to evacuate immediately or do I have time to gather essentials?
  • Do the evacuation orders apply to my neighbourhood?
  • Where is my nearest emergency shelter?
  • Can I stay with friends or family?
  • Can I bring my pet(s) with me to a shelter or to my friends/family’s house?
  • Can I leave my pet(s) with a friend or family member?

When you should evacuate

  • When advised by authorities
  • When it is no longer safe to continue to Shelter-in-Place

What to do when you leave your home

  • Take your 72 hour emergency preparedness kit with you
  • Lock your windows and doors.
  • Turn off power, water, and gas (if instructed to do so).
  • Leave a note affixed to your door information others where you left and where you will be headed
  • Follow the recommended evacuation routes if available
  • Check on neighbours; assist those with disabilities or other special needs
  • Do not leave any pets behind – if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pet(s)!