Leaving your Home
If you are told to evacuate, it is important to stay calm, listen carefully, and follow all instructions.
If you are sure you have time, call your family contact to tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
off water and electricity, but leave natural gas on unless local
officials advise you otherwise. Only a professional can restore gas
service once it has been turned off and this could take weeks in a
What to Take
If you must choose quickly what to take with you, grab these things and go:
Traveling by Car
- Medical supplies
- Disaster supplies - flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, radio, bottled water
- Change of clothes
- Sleeping bag, bedroll, and/or pillow for each family member
- Car and house keys
If you plan to travel by car, become familiar now with alternate
travel routes that you can use to avoid congested main arteries in the
event of an emergency.
Remember, it is against the law to drive on the shoulder. Shoulders are reserved for police, fire, and rescue vehicles.
Winter Survival Kit
a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Suitable items include blankets,
flashlight, shovel, jumper cables, road salt or kitty litter, flares or
reflective triangles, local road maps, and high calorie food (granola
bars and cans of juice).
Consider keeping an old cell phone and
power cord in each of your cars. Even if the phone does not have a
service provider, it should still be able to dial 9-1-1.