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 Escape Plan

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In a fire or other emergency, you may need to evacuate your house, apartment, or mobile home on a moment's notice. You should be ready to get out fast.

Develop an escape route by drawing a floor plan of your residence. Using a black or blue pen, show the location of doors, windows, stairways, and large furniture. Indicate the location of emergency supplies (Disaster Supplies Kit), fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, collapsible ladders, first aid kits, and utility shut off points. Next, use a colored pen to draw a broken line charting at least two escape routes from each room. Finally, mark a place outside of the home where household members should meet in case of fire.

Be sure to include important points outside, such as garages, patios, stairways, elevators, driveways, and porches. If your home has more than two floors, use an additional sheet of paper to map out other floors. Practice emergency evacuation drills with all household members at least two times each year.

If You Need to Evacuate:

  •  Listen to a battery-powered radio for the location of emergency shelters. 
  •  Follow instructions of local officials. 
  •  Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes. 
  •  Take your Disaster Supplies Kit. 
  •  Lock your home. 
  •  Use travel routes specified by local officials. 
  •  If you are sure you have time ... 
  •  Shut off water, gas, and electricity, if instructed to do so. 
  •  Let others know when you left and where you are going. 
  •  Make arrangements for pets.  Animals are not allowed in public shelters.