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Evacuation

Evacuation occurs only when a serious threat to public safety exists. If you are told to evacuate, through either local media or directly by city officials, do so immediately.

Home Evacuation Plan and Shelter Preparation Checklist

Be Prepared

  • Plan several different places, in different directions you could go
  • Know the evacuation plans for important locations (i.e. work, school, etc.)
  • If you have a car, keep at least a half-tank of gas in it at all times.
  • If you do not have a car, plan how you will leave if you have to.
  • Hotels and motels fill up fast during evacuations. Call to make sure there is room for you and your family before driving there.
  • Become familiar with alternative routes as well as other means of transportation out of your area.
  • Keep phone numbers and maps for each potential evacuation location.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing.
  • Take your Go Bag and/or Emergency Kit.
  • Lock your house.
  • Leave a note telling people when you left and where you are going.
  • Use authorized routes.
  • If you believe the air may be contaminated, drive with your windows and vents closed and keep the air conditioning and heater turned off.
  • Listen to the radio for instructions.
  • When you are safe, call your out-of-area contact and let him or her know where you are.

Contact Us

Polk County Emergency Management
1907 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 286-2107

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