An evacuation may occur for a number of reasons, including a gas leak, flooding or chemical incident. Dependant on the incident you may be able to return to your property after a few hours, however this could be more longer term.
If instructions are issued by the Emergency Services and/or local authority representatives that evacuation of your premises is advised then:
- Respond to instructions.
- Remain calm and leave as quickly as possible.
- Gather family and pets together. Plan to meet in case you are separated
- Use the transport made available.
Take with you
- Your "Emergency Pack"
- Change of warm clothing and blankets
- Toiletries and everyday medicines
- If appropriate, baby clothing, nappies and associated toiletries
- Special foods
- Important documents, immediate valuables and important telephone numbers of friends and relatives
- Baskets or cages and leads for pets
- Personal items such as glasses, mobile telephone, keys, cash or credit cards
- Make sure fires are out and turn off gas, water and electricity. Allow adequate ventilation prior to turning them back on
- Secure your property
- Report to the allocated Emergency Reception Centre
- If you decide to stay with relatives or friends for the duration then please tell the Police or a local authority officer. This will save someone hunting for you if they think that you are missing
Emergency Evacuation of Houses
(this will only happen in extreme circumstances)
- If the police ask you to leave your home, don't argue
- They will only be concerned for your safety
- They will know the dangers and risks better than you
- They will ask you to go to a Reception/Rest Centre
- If you decide to go somewhere else, let the police know, so you can be accounted for
- Don't worry if you have special needs, arrangements will be made for you by those responding
- If there is time. take along medicines, warm clothes, any special foods, personal documents and immediate valuables - food, baskets, leads etc for your pets
- If you have time before you leave - make sure fires are out.
- Follow the advice of the Emergency Services in relation to the turning off of gas, water and electricity
What happens if an evacuation is needed?
People are only evacuated from their homes when they are at serious risk, and are not going to be put in more danger by leaving their homes. It has been shown that more often than not, it is safer for people to remain indoors with doors and windows closed. In recent incidents, the Council has supported the emergency services when the main danger has passed, by leafleting local households, to tell them what had happened. However, if there was immediate danger, residents would be advised to leave via local radio, and wherever possible by house to house calls. In certain locations, sirens systems are in place and would be used.
Where would those evacuated be taken?
In the short-term, emergency evacuation points such as local school or church halls or community centres would provide immediate safety and shelter for people affected. For longer emergencies, certain pre-designated schools in the Borough could be opened up to provide full emergency rest centres with provision for sleeping accommodation, feeding and welfare facilities. Transport to these centres would be provided.
What provision is made for people who aren't very mobile, like the elderly or disabled?
The Council would provide specialised transport. Special arrangements would also be made when they got to emergency centres, and there would be trained staff available to help them cope.