Evacuation/Shelter-in-Place

Levels of Evacuation

1) Advisory Evacuation
Upon threat of danger, because of flooding, forest fire or other emergencies, be prepared to be instructed by authorities to evacuate with as little as 2 hours notice. An Advisory Evacuation does not require you to evacuate your home, simply be prepared for a possible Mandatory Evacuation notice. Start to gather your evacuation kit and go over your family's emergency plan.

2) Mandatory Evacuation
In an event of a mandatory evacuation, it is important to do so immediately. If a large number of homes are affected, authorities will likely establish a reception center. You may choose to stay at the reception center or seek shelter elsewhere. Ensure you register all members of your group in person at the reception centre.
  • Listen to the local radio and follow instructions
  • Shut off Panel Box if instructed to do so
  • Take the Evacuation Kit with you
  • Ensure your pets are cared for
  • Leave your home unlocked and place an evacuation notice on the front door
  • Register at the reception center
Evacuation Kit
Store your evacuation kit in waterproof and easy to carry container that is accessible to all members of the family.
  • Prescription and non-prescription medications
  • Cash, in small denominations
  • Non-perishable food
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Bottled water
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra clothes
  • Important documents
  • First aid kit
  • Special needs items – baby, elderly, disabled, pets
What to do in the event of a Chemical Release or Shelter-in-place
In the event  of a hazardous chemical release in your community, you may be instructed by the authorities to “shelter-in-place”. Seek immediate shelter where you are, whether at home, work or school, in most cases shelter is only required for a few hours.
  • GO INSIDE
  • Close all windows and doors and stay on the ground level floor, not in the basement
  • Turn off furnace, air conditioner and exhaust fans
  • Seal an inside room with damp towels at the base of the door
  • Listen to local radio for further instructions
  • Keep phone lines free so we can contact you