In Case of Evacuation ...

Posted: Saturday, March 04, 2000

There are several potential disasters, both natural and human-caused, that could compromise a home's safety and require an emergency evacuation.

Among these are floods, fires and chemical contaminations.

Should authorities order an evacuation, time will be short, so it is important to prepare in advance.

Debra Holle, of the American Red Cross, said practicing evacuation drills will help people understand what they will need to do and how long it will take them.

"People who compile an emergency list and practice it can eliminate problems and discover and patch holes in the emergency plan," she said.

According to the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Man-agement Agency, the following should be done to prepare for a possible evacuation:

Identify two permanent meeting places, one in the neighborhood and one a bit farther away, in case the neighborhood is deemed unsafe.

Learn your community's evacuation routes.

Borough emergency management coordinator John Alcantra said evacuation routes are updated annually with coordination between emergency services and the Alaska State Troopers.

For information on evacuation routes contact the Office of Emergency Management at 262-4910 or the closest Alaska State Trooper station.

Listen to a radio for instructions, alerts and information.

Pick an out-of-state friend or relative for family members to check in with if separated by a disaster.

Keep a three-day supply of food, water and clothing separate from other emergency supplies in an easily carried container so it can be grabbed on the way out while evacuating.

If it is necessary to shelter in place, listen to the radio for instructions. Follow directions of local officials very closely.

If evacuation becomes immediately necessary, take only your disaster supplies kit and lock your home. Do not worry about other possessions.

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