Evacuating your home

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During an Emergency

Are You Ready?

A natural disaster can strike at any time, without warning. Learn how to make an emergency kit and plan, and protect yourself, your family, and your property.

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
A decision to evacuate is made to save lives. Do not ignore an evacuation order.
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.

Take a closer look
Download the North Shore Evacuation Guide
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