Why Talk About Evacuation
At any time of the year, at any time of the day or night, a disaster or threat of a disaster could force people to leave their homes. People evacuate a dangerous place to go to a safer place, and they usually need to act in a hurry. Preparing before an emergency by learning about the community’s warning systems and evacuation routes and by making evacuation plans and discussing them with household members is the best way to be ready in case an evacuation is necessary. Making plans at the last minute can be upsetting, create confusion and cost precious time.
Why Talk About Sheltering
Sometimes, a disaster or threat of a disaster mandates that people find shelter in their home or in a designated safe place. Safe shelter requires having a safe place to go and having the time to get there. It is important to know which room to shelter in and what to do to stay safe while there. At other times, people are forced to evacuate the immediate area, or even the entire region and to shelter at a public facility. Knowing in advance what to expect and preparing for all sheltering scenarios will make sheltering experiences safer and more comfortable.
Because evacuation shelters generally do not accept pets, except for service animals, you must plan ahead to ensure that your family and pets will have a safe place to stay. Do your research early. Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to check policies on accepting pets. Ask if policies would be waived in an emergency. Make a list of pet friendly places and friends / relatives who would be available to take in your family and your pets. Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinary offices that might be able to shelter animals in emergencies.
If you cannot get out of our mountainous area, but need to evacuate from your home, you may need to provide camping facilities for yourself and your pets. Be prepared with the right equipment. See Pet Care.
Prepare your home before evacuating if time permits