Evacuation or Shelter In Place
Evacuation means leaving when there is immediate risk:
- if you smell gas or smoke, see fire, or otherwise fear for your safety, evacuate immediately. Once you are in a safe location n, call 9-1-1 and report the incident.
- Evacuate if you have been told to do so. If local officials issue evacuation orders, use the evacuation routes and methods specified.
- To avoid crowds and congestion, it is better to leave early than wait till it is too late.
If time allows:
- Put on sturdy shoes, long-sleeve shirts and pants. In winter wear appropriate winter gear.
- Bring car keys, credit cards, road maps, mobile phone, charger and important phone numbers.
- Bring your “Go-bags”. (See Go-bags.)
- Lock your home and shut off the water and electricity, but leave gas on unless instructed otherwise.
- Tell a neighbor where you are going.
- Call your out-of-area contact person.
The leave early checklist has five “P”s:
- People: everyone out and accounted for. Know your school or daycare’s rules and procedures for child pick up by a non-parent in an emergency.
- Pills: medications and prescriptions of your family, including pets.
- Papers: Deed to the house, insurance policy, vehicle titles, birth certificates, etc. Scan these before a disaster and save the disk or jump drive in your bank’s safety deposit box.
- Pictures: these too may be scanned and saved ahead of time. This saves car space for other survival and personal goods.
- Pets: pets, collars & leashes, crates, food, toys, shot records. (See Tips for Pet Owners.)
If your home or workplace is unsafe and you do not have an alternative, evacuate to emergency shelters as designated by local officials. Shelters will be determined based on the event, usually a school or other large public building. It is hard to forecast if an event will affect such a building. Therefore the announcement of what building will serve as a shelter will be made close to the event, and not ahead of time. The best way to find out is to stay tuned to the local radio stations for more information. They are:
- 99.7FM KMBQ Valley Radio
- 100.9FM KAYO Country Legends
- 88.9 FM KTNA Talkeetna Radio
- Call the MAT-SU Borough Incident Information Hotline 907-761-3700.
In an emergency, you should remain at your home or workplace if it is safe to do so, as these will provide a more comfortable environment if shelter is necessary.
- Tell a neighbor or family point of contact where you are going.
- Take your Go-bag with you to the shelter. (See Go-bags.)
- Emergency shelters may not be able to provide basic supplies and materials. Consider bringing extra items (e.g. blanket, pillow, air mattress, towel, washcloth, diapers, food, water and supplies for infants).
- Provide for your pet: Animal Care and Control staff may be available at human shelters to help with pet sheltering needs. (See Tips for Pet Owners.)
Shelter in Place
If there is a release of hazardous materials, volcanic ash fall, or other reasons, officials may recommend that you shelter-in-place.
- Go inside immediately. Shut all windows and doors, including the fireplace or woodstove damper.
- Bring your pets inside. Prepare for their sanitary needs with garbage bags and newspapers.
- Livestock, farm animals and large dog kennel animals which may not be brought inside may need to weather the situation outside. Be prepared for their demise in a major disaster.
- Listen to your radio for further instructions.
- Turn off air conditioning/heating and ventilation systems.
- Remain indoors until local authorities tell you it is safe to go outside.
- Locate your Home Shelter Kit and plan for a long wait.