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Evacuation and Shelter-in-place

Under what conditions should you evacuate?

  • Flood
  • Fire
  • Hazardous materials spill
  • Any other emergency that pose a threat or potential threat to your safety or that of your property.
  • When authorized by officials.

When evacuation instructions are issued, listen to you radio to make sure the evacuation instructions apply to you, and to understand if you should evacuate immediately or if you have time to pack some essentials. Stay tuned to a radio or television for information on evacuation routes, emergency shelters, and procedures.

What should you do to evacuate?

  • Take your emergency kit.
  • Avoid using the telephone because lines tend to be overwhelmed in disaster situations; they need to be clear for emergency calls to get through.
  • Close and 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 route authorities recommend.
  • Check on neighbours; assist those with disabilities or other special needs.
  • When evacuated, register with the reception centre.


What is Shelter-in-Place?

A short-term safety procedure that will help protect the community by taking shelter inside a building.

When should you Shelter in Place?

  • When advised by authorities
  • If hazardous materials are released into the atmosphere.
  • (Chemical, radiological or biological contaminants can be accidentally or intentionally released into the environment)
  • Tornado warning
  • Severe Storm Warning

What should you do?

  • Seal the room: cover and lock all doors, windows, and vents with plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Take your emergency supply kit
  • Listen to the radio or check the Internet for updates

This guide outlines steps that you and your family can take right now to best ensure that you are prepared for flood emergency events in your community. View and Download.

Emergency Preparedness Tips