Make a Plan – Evacuation plan


Evacuation sign

Being prepared to evacuate your home and your neighborhood or city is an essential element of a family preparedness plan.

The American Red Cross makes the following suggestions below. 

Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency

Choose two places to meet:

1. Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire̶

2. Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate

The Red Cross also suggests

     Plan what to do if you have to evacuate

  • Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. You may choose to go to a hotel/motel, stay with friends or relatives in a safe location or go to an evacuation shelter if necessary.
  • Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on your map in case roads are impassable.
  • Plan ahead for your pets. Keep a phone list of pet-friendly hotels/motels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation routes.

Thousand Oaks City Map

The Fire escape plan



1. Watch the video below. It covers emergency kits which will be covered in an upcoming email, but it also demonstrates making an evacuation plan for evacuating the home and for the neighborhood.

2. Download the Make a Plan: Evacuation Out of City and Make a Plan: Evacuation out of home pdf forms.

Create a Plan – Evacuation Plan Out of Home

Create a Plan – Evacuation Out of City

3. With your family, fill out the the worksheets. Decide as family where you will meet out side of your home in case of a home fire and where you will go if you have to leave the neighborhood or city. The worksheets will guide you through the process.  Keep these forms once filled out as part of your family emergency preparedness plan.

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Make a Plan: Evacuating Important Documents


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