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 Evacuation Planning

One of the most important ways you can prepare your home and family is to create an emergency kit. If you need to evacuate your home, having some essential supplies on hand will make you and your family more comfortable. Once a disaster hits, you won’t have time to shop or search for supplies. Discuss what to do and what to take with you if you have to leave your home. Practice what you have discussed.

Assemble an emergency supply kitthat can go with you. Store your evacuation kit with, but separate from, the supplies that you may need if your family is confined at home. Place the supplies you chose for the evacuation kit in an easy-to-carry container, such as a large, covered trash container, knapsacks or a duffel bag. Don’t forget keys for your house, cars and safety deposit box.

You may need several days supply of water supply, since you can’t be sure when it will be available in your temporary new location.

Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of Sterno fuel. Select food items that are compact and lightweight.

Put together a first aid kit for your home and one for your evacuation kit, with one for each car in case you use a car to evacuate. Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person. Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons. You will need to plan ahead for any pets you have, because they cannot be taken to community shelters.

Monitor local news channels and emergency alert stations and follow any recommendations from your county and state emergency planning teams. Learn about your community’s warning signals. How do they sound and what should you do when you hear them? Find out what local radio stations provide these warnings. Know how to find the emergency broadcasting stations on your portable or car radio. Make sure your radio is strong enough to work inside your shelter location. Listen to weather reports and know the Emergency Alert Stations in West Virginia.

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