Your house may notbe habitable or safe after a disaster, or authorities may ask you to leave if they believe you are in danger.
If you are required to evacuate:
- Collect your Grab and Go kit, essential medications, copies of prescriptions and important documents, and a cell phone
- Ensure each member of the household has warm clothing and waterproof footwear and outerwear
- Make sure each member has ID, especially children. Nametags on their clothing, wallet cards or wrist bracelets are useful in case you get separated.
- Turn off and unplug all appliances, and shut off water and electricity if officials tell you to. Leave natural gas service on unless officials tell you to turn it off. If you go turn off the gas, the gas company has to reconnect it, which may take weeks after a major emergency.
- Lock your doors when you leave
When you leave, follow the specified evacuation routes. Shortcuts could take you to a blocked or dangerous area.
If your meeting location changes, make sure everyone knows about the change and the new location. Provide children with a note sealed in a plastic bag stating the destination.
Register with the local emergency reception centre when you leave home, even if you are not staying at the centre. Emergency responders need to know how to reach you to advise when it is safe to return.
Surrey has six primary and six secondary designated evacuation/reception centres to support the residents in the event of a disaster. The number of centers that open depends on the location and the nature of the situation and any necessary evacuation measures.
During an evacuation, City officials will inform the public of the location of the nearest reception centre. Information will also be broadcast on CBC AM 690 or other local radio/TV stations, and posted on our site and social media accounts.