What Determines an Evacuation
Authorities will determine if evacuation is necessary based on the type
and duration of the incident. Other considerations are the length of
time it should take to evacuate the area, weather conditions, and the
time of day.
When Evacuation is Ordered
Shelters: Temporary shelters are schools, churches and other
places of public assembly that are utilized during incidents requiring
citizens to be evacuated from a specific area. Tune to radio and
television broadcasts for information on the nearest shelter to your
location. If radio and television communications are disrupted, local
emergency personnel will direct you as needed.
Take preassembled emergency supplies.
Remember to help your neighbors who may require special
assistance such as infants, elderly people, and people with
Plan to take your pets with you; do not leave them
behind. Because pets are not permitted in public shelters, follow your
plan to go to a relative or friend's home, or find a location that will
For more information, contact the Fire Department at 830-249-3644.