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Creating household evacuation plans for emergencies

by Greg Watson 09/21/2022

If you don't have an emergency evacuation plan for your household, it's not too late to create one. Emergency evacuation plans can make an enormous difference in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency that necessitates you evacuating your home. The more prepared you are, the more peace of mind you'll have.

Here are some basic tips for emergency planning:

Conditions requiring an evacuation

The necessity of evacuating depends on many factors. They include the kind of emergency as well as the characteristics of the building you're in, such as the length of the building. Your evacuation plan needs to describe exact conditions requiring evacuation of people, pets and essential supplies.

What should be in an emergency go bag?

What are essential survival items? Here are some of the things to include in your go bag:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day).
  • Non-perishable food for several days.
  • Hand-crank or battery-powered radio.
  • First aid kit.
  • Flashlights.
  • Personal hygiene supplies.
  • Extra batteries and chargers.

Evacuation guidelines

In addition to your emergency supply kit and diagrams, include a list of general guidelines and local evacuation instructions. These guidelines should have info on alternate routes and how to contact emergency services.

How to make an evacuation plan diagram

The simplest way to make an evacuation plan diagram is to start with a basic blueprint or floor plan of your home. Clearly label items like stairwells, elevators, sprinklers, roof access and fire alarms for easy reference. You'll also want to draw arrows to guide people out of the building as quickly and safely as possible.

Specific emergency evacuation plan procedures

If you have pets, include them in your evacuation plans by creating a separate emergency kit, including bowls and a designated carrier or leash. Keep your car up to date on regular maintenance like oil changes, so it's in top condition in case an emergency occurs. 

It's also a good idea to keep an extra few gallons of gasoline and an additional spare tire to handle any issues.

Keeping a detailed emergency plan for your home will help you expect the unexpected. The more prepared you are, the better you'll be able to respond in stressful situations.

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Greg Watson

Hi, I'm Greg Watson your favorite Northwest Florida Realtor. I have been a teacher and coach for 21 years and have been at Crestview High School in Crestview, FL for 10 years teaching P.E. and coaching boys basketball. In 2019, we were the Class 7A State Champions! I was born and raised in Huntsville, AL and went to college to play basketball at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. I moved to the Emerald Coast 10 years ago and I absolutely love it. This will be my home forever. I am excited about helping you find your next home here or selling your home for you. I am a hard worker and will do everything I can to help you with your needs. I am excited about this opportunity and I ask that you give me a chance. You won't regret it!