Some emergencies — such as a fire, or hazardous materials release — may make staying in your home dangerous. In such cases, it may be safer for you to evacuate the area and go to family or friends, or an emergency reception centre.
As the authority to order an evacuation can rest with different levels of government (local, provincial or federal), a three-stage evacuation process has been developed and accepted by all levels of government.
Quick tips for emergency evacuation
Understanding the stages of evacuation
What to do if you’re ordered to evacuate
Where to go during an evacuation
Evacuation routes are not formally identified because each emergency situation is unique. The safest route will be identified by emergency responders during the emergency.
For your safety, follow the evacuation route provided by emergency officials. Shortcuts may put you in the path of danger.