Evacuating your home


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, 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.a

The stages of evacuation

What to do if you are 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 and visit the websites below for additional information and resources.