Plan & Prepare
Protective Actions: Evacuation
What does it mean to Evacuate?
To Evacuate means to leave your home or workplace during an emergency,
and follow an Evacuation Route to a safe shelter .
Before and while Evacuating you should listen to your local radio
or TV stations for the latest updates.
Emergency management officials will use radio and TV broadcasts, including
Emergency Alert System messages, to give you further instructions.
This may include information on your nearest Evacuation Route ,
and your nearest public shelter. If you do not have access to
a car, broadcast information should let you know about the bus or
other transit routes that will be made available to you.
How will I know
if it is time to Evacuate?
Your local, county or State emergency management officials will notify
your neighborhood of the need to Evacuate or take other Protective Actions.
They will do this via Emergency Alert System messages on local radio
and TV. They may also alert entire areas via via community notification
systems such as “Reverse 911,” which sends messages
to home telephones. Officials may even travel with bullhorns
in certain areas.
Remember: Your single greatest information source before, during and
after an emergency will be your battery-powered radio.
If you are unable to listen to the radio or believe you
may miss these messages, make arrangements with someone in your neighborhood.
Make sure someone will reach out to you, to keep you informed.
- Generally speaking, Sheltering-in-Place,
not Evacuation, is the first step you should take during most
- If an emergency is taking place and you are unsure what to
do, first Shelter-in-Place. Then listen to the radio
for instructions from emergency management officials.
- If your local, county or State emergency management officials
direct you to evacuate, take that order seriously and ACT
- You should learn the details of your workplace’s
or business’ Emergency Plan. Your business may have
a robust plan that includes plans to notify family members,
Evacuate and Shelter-in-Place. To learn how to your business
can create a plan, visit NJOEM’s “For Business & Industry” page.
How do I Evacuate?
Have you created your Emergency Supply Kit, including key
items to bring with you and a battery-powered radio? Go to
Basic Preparedness page and follow the Three Steps to Safety.
Follow these link to create your Evacuation Plan:
Follow this link if you have Disabilities
or other Special Needs.Individuals with special needs
often require additional time and assistance to prepare for a disaster.
Follow this link if you have Pets other
than Americans with Disabilities Act assistance animals. Public
shelters cannot accept pets, so you must plan accordingly.
Follow this link to learn about the other Protective
may be directed to take during an emergency.