Home Evacuation

During Evacuation
  • Turn off oil and gas burners and furnace
  • Secure the house when leaving
  • Turn off electrical power at main switch
  • Take keys
Do Not
  • panic
  • approach problem areas unless requested to assist
  • use charcoal or propane for indoor cooking
  • touch any downed wires
  • use telephone unless necessary.
  • go outdoors unless necessary during emergencies
  • run generators indoors or near buildings
  • use flame or electrical items if gas odor is detected
One of the greatest hindrances in restoring services is people sight-seeing on foot or in vehicles in problem areas. Remember that under certain circumstances persons interfering with emergency services to a stricken area are subject to arrest.

Things to Consider
  • Will family member need electricity for life support
  • Leave house if gas is leaking inside or nearby
  • If trees are blocking your street, report it to the Department of Public Works
  • Report downed wires to N-Star
  • Drive cautiously and only in emergency
  • Report broken gas or water mains to the respective companies.
  • Make arrangements for salvaging frozen food if power is estimated to be off over 24 hours