If it becomes necessary to evacuate, plan for it ahead of time. Talk it over and make decisions so everyone understands the plan. Preparation can save lives and reduce the amount of time it takes to get your family to safety and eventually back home.
Where you'll go
Decide ahead of time where you'll go when you evacuate, taking into consideration people may be coming from work, school, or other locations. If you have children in school, find out where they will be sent when an evacuation is announced. Update this plan every year or as schools or careers change.
Who you'll contact
Designate someone outside the area to contact in the event you are separated from your family, or if your electricity is not working in your mobile home. Should the situation be grave enough where your family can't evacuate together, have everyone call the contact person to say they are safe.
Where you'll meet
Agree on a meeting point for the family if you're separated during a disaster.
Plan several evacuation routes from your area that are not low-lying, and test them often for efficiency. In the event of a flash flood you won't be able to evacuate, but you must seek higher ground. In areas where there is extreme heat, identify places to avoid exposure like malls, movie theaters or a friend's home.
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