Stay Safe: Have an Effective Evacuation Plan

In the event of a sudden natural disaster, such as a quickly spreading wildfire or an incoming storm, you may have only minutes to get out of your home. Do you have an escape route? What would you take? Where would you go? If you have a plan, your chances for success are maximized.

  • Don't wait until the last minute to plan your evacuation; make a plan before a plan is necessary. Have more than one option of where you will go in an emergency in case one location is compromised. Share these locations with family, so everyone will know where to go to be reunited. Also, map your primary evacuation routes so you know exactly how to exit.
  • Plan what you will take, and if possible, create a kit that can be stored in a linen or hall closet to grab in an emergency. In this kit, consider including a first aid kit, bottled water, flashlight, batteries, clothing and bedding, any specific equipment for infants or special needs, comfort items and important medication.
  • Create a home inventory. Make a home inventory of items in your house if you need to file a claim. Revisit your insurance policies to determine that you have appropriate coverage.
  • Gather important documents. Examples of these documents include prescriptions, birth and marriage certificates, passports, insurance policies, tax returns and financial information. Keep these in a secure area, even a safe that is easy for you to get to in an emergency.