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Evacuate Or Shelter In Place?

In any serious emergency, emergency responders likely will advise you to do one of two things: to evacuate, or to shelter in place.

Shelter in place simply means, "Stay home!" In situations involving a hazardous materials release, you may be asked literally to "seal" your home.

Detailed information about whether to stay put or to evacuate (PDF) is available online.

Your natural instinct may be to flee in an emergency. But emergency planners in our region say they are more likely to recommend sheltering in place – staying home – than evacuating because that is the appropriate response for the kinds of disasters most likely to happen here.

Evacuation Routes

Baltimore County does not have established evacuation routes. Precise evacuation routes will depend on the nature and location of the emergency.

Monitor TV and radio news for instructions from local authorities; keep a battery-powered radio in your home or business so you can receive instructions during a power outage. Prepare an evacuation plan.

Image reads: Ready? Set? Good. Image links to BMC web site about emergency preparedness.


Revised July 23, 2014

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