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Evacuation

While evacuation is generally considered to be a last resort, evacuations are more common than you may think. A gas leak may cause the emergency services to evacuate a whole street.

Not all evacuations are long term, sometimes you can return after a few hours, however, in a chemical incident, your house may not be habitable and you would have to be re-housed while decontamination is carried out.

Be prepared for an evacuation:

  • Discuss with your family what you would do in the event of an evacuation
  • Plan a place to meet your family in case you are separated during an emergency
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit including essential items, e.g. prescription medicine, baby items (if applicable), toiletries, phone numbers, radio etc
  • Know how to shut off your home's electricity, gas and water supplies at main switches and valves and have the necessary tools to hand

If you are advised to evacuate:

  • Respond to the instructions from the emergency services. They will inform you, tell you what to do and where to go
  • Use whatever transport is made available
  • Report to any named location where further advice will be available
  • Make sure you have warm clothing
  • Get together any special food for babies and medicines in use
  • Turn off electricity, gas and water supplies
  • Close and lock windows and doors when you leave
  • Make sure you have a secure carrier or leash for any pets

More advice can be found at:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Dealingwithemergencies/index.htm

ID: 21181 Revised: 12/11/2015