What Determines an Evacuation

Authorities will determine if evacuation is necessary based on the type and duration of the incident. Other considerations are the length of time it should take to evacuate the area, weather conditions, and the time of day.

When Evacuation is Ordered

  • Shelters: Temporary shelters are schools, churches and other places of public assembly that are utilized during incidents requiring citizens to be evacuated from a specific area. Tune to radio and television broadcasts for information on the nearest shelter to your location. If radio and television communications are disrupted, local emergency personnel will direct you as needed.
  • Take preassembled emergency supplies.
  • Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance such as infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities.
  • Plan to take your pets with you; do not leave them behind. Because pets are not permitted in public shelters, follow your plan to go to a relative or friend's home, or find a location that will allow pets.

More Information

For more information, contact the Fire Department at 830-249-3644.