Three Stages of Evacuation

Stage 1 - Alert & Warning
There is a high probability of the need to evacuate. Law enforcement personnel/representatives will attempt to make personal visits to each residence and business in the threatened area. Residents are responsible to make arrangements to move property and livestock. Some residents, primarily those with special health needs or other concerns, should relocate during this stage of evacuation.

Stage 2 - Request / Order and Security
Evacuation is necessary in order to protect the lives of area occupants and emergency personnel responding to the incident. Law enforcement personnel shall attempt to convey this order / request to citizens door to door, however if this is not practical or possible this information may be delivered via a Public Address System from a patrol vehicle. Should the latter method be employed the personnel will activate the emergency lights and siren on the vehicle.

Roadblocks and 24-hour patrols by law enforcement will be instituted to protect property within the evacuated area

Stage 3 - Return
Occupants are allowed to return as soon as it is safe.

Keep Informed. The success of this guideline requires the cooperation and assistance of informed occupants. Stay tuned to the local media outlets for updates. Listen and ask questions when an emergency service representative contacts you.

Plan Ahead. Preplanning can help you avoid last minute frustrations. Plan where you will go and WHAT YOU WILL TAKE when you evacuate.