MONTH 9: YOUR EVACUATION PLAN
Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.
– Robert Collier
If you had to evacuate right now, do you know where you would go and how you would get there?
Almost every evacuation plan assumes people will have a car or other vehicle in which they can flee from impending danger. The truth is many people do not. Under most circumstances many city dwellers rely on public transportation. But if complications put a kink in the system, there is no telling what kind of service will be available. Despite the understanding that public transportation will be used in some city evacuation plans, you need to assess your own situation to determine how realistic you think those plans really are. In many disaster scenarios, public transportation will stop running completely.
For the most part our country is not prepared to evacuate those who have no access to privately owned vehicles. Even if individuals own their own cars, there’s no guarantee they would be able to use them due to damage, lack of fuel and inaccessible roads. Given these limitations, it is best to work with your friends and neighbors to create your own plan for an orderly exodus.
Many preparations that will be useful during an evacuation were discussed earlier in Your Family Communication Plan (Month 5). The next step is to incorporate that information into different evacuation scenarios so you are better able to anticipate what to do in each situation.
For your convenience we have provided a downloadable Evacuation Routes Form that corresponds with this section. Use it to record proposed destinations and methods of transportation when evacuating from home, work and school. If you have children at more than one school, or more than one person working outside the home, a separate form will be required for each of those individuals.
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