In our area, we’re at risk for extreme cold, flooding, hurricanes, Nor’easters, power outages, severe thunderstorms, winter ice storms, and summer heat waves. At any given moment, it may be necessary to evacuate. Establishing a plan doesn’t take a lot of time, and you should be ready to get out fast.
Here are some tips to help you prepare:
Plan an Evacuation Route
Plan and regularly practice several possible evacuation routes considering different situations you may face, such as downed power lines or blocked paths, roads, or exits. If you have pets or a service animal, include them in your drills so they become familiar with exit routes.
Establish a Meeting Place
Determine where you will meet family, friends, or caregivers in case of an emergency. Plan two places to meet — one right outside of your home and another outside of your neighborhood, such as a library, community center, or school. Establish a relative or friend outside of your town to serve as the contact in case family members become separated during an emergency.
For people who have no other place to stay, emergency shelters are set up in designated city buildings — locations may change based on the emergency, so be sure to tune in to local news to learn the latest information. Shelters will provide the basics, like cots and blankets. Be sure to bring your clothes, pillow, sleeping bag, and any medications. Shelters do not have any special equipment, such as mobility aids, batteries, or oxygen, so be sure to have supplies packed and ready to bring with you.
Always tune in to local radio and TV stations for the latest emergency information. Norwalk residents can register for emergency alert notifications that are designed to enhance the existing means of communication in case of an emergency. Specific directions are provided at the time of the evacuation.
To add your contact information to the NOTIFYNOrWAlk database, visit CodeRedweb.com. You can register additional phone numbers or email addresses to be notified of emergencies when traveling or at work, or to get notified when an emergency affects a parent or loved one’s home.
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