Evacuation & Sheltering

Do You Have a Household Escape Plan?

In a fire or other emergency you may need to evacuate on a moment’s notice. Be ready to get out fast.

Develop an escape by drawing a floor plan of your residence. Show the location of doors, windows, stairways, large furniture and 3-day emergency kit, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, collapsible ladders, first aid kits and utility shut off points.

Indicate at least 2 escape routes from each room, and mark a place outside of the home where household members. If you or someone in your household uses a wheelchair, make more than one exit from your home wheelchair accessible in case the primary exit is blocked in a disaster. Practice Your Plan.

Do You Know When to Relocate or Evacuate?

You should be prepared to leave your home or office and seek public shelter if:
  • You are told by your local Police, Sheriff’s Office or Fire Department to evacuate. Listen to your radio or watch TV for evacuation announcements.
  • Your home or office shelter becomes unsafe due to changing conditions - like rising flood waters or fire. If possible, leave as soon as the problem becomes apparent and before a crisis.
  • Your medical condition - or that of a family member - changes such that medical assistance is required or you run out of necessary life saving medications.

Are You Prepared to Shelter in Place?

There are many reasons why sheltering in place should be the first option during emergencies. In many circumstances, individuals in areas not directly at risk will be asked to shelter in place, usually at home, school or work. This option is also used when the outside environment is too dangerous for safe travel. Do you have the water, food and supplies you need to be self-sufficient for at least 3 days? Visit the Everett Emergency Management page for help on building a kit.

Are You Prepared to Relocate or Evacuate?

As part of your emergency planning and preparation you should:
  • Choose several evacuation destinations, depending upon the type of need.
  • Call your local Red Cross, Emergency Management Office, Police, Sheriff’s Office or Fire Department, for the location of your nearest public shelter. If you have pets, ask authorities what options they have.
  • Know the routes to several local hospitals.
  • Keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle at all times.
If you must evacuate, remember to take:
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Emergency supplies
  • Essential medicines and toiletries
  • Extra clothing flashlight
  • Personal documents and family identification
  • Waterproof outer wear and footwear