Evacuation in an Emergency

Evacuation is generally only considered as a last resort but is more common than many people think. Evacuation may last a short period of time or be of a longer duration; during this time you will have no access to your home or workplace.

During a major incident, one of the principal duties of the council is the provision of emergency accommodation for those who have been evacuated or are involved in the incident but are uninjured. A rest centre or survivor reception centre will normally be established in a school, village hall or sports centre. Facilities will range from light refreshments to makeshift dormitory type overnight accommodation as necessary.

  • follow the instructions of the emergency services
  • do not enter restricted areas or closed roads
  • check neighbours to ensure they know what is happening, or to see if they need help
  • gather family members and prepare to leave your home
  • get pets ready for evacuation
  • take any prescribed medicines with you
  • take your emergency grab bag with you
  • know how to turn off electricity, gas and water supplies
  • close and lock doors and windows
  • don't return home unless told you can