Evacuations are more common than you might realise. A gas leak might lead the Emergency Services to evacuate a street. Flooding may require you to leave your house or workplace. Not all evacuations are long term, sometimes you can return after a few hours or you might have to be re-housed while decontamination is carried out.
Preparing for an evacuation
- Talk to your family about the possibility of an evacuation.
- Plan where you would go, if you had to leave your house or even your town and how you would get there.
- Plan a place to meet members of your household in case you are separated.
- Ask a friend outside your town to be the checkpoint so that everyone in your family can call that person to say that they are safe.
- Find out where children will be sent if schools are evacuated. Remember that this can change at a moment’s notice, if the allocated evacuation point cannot be used as it may be in harm’s way.
- Assemble a disaster supply kit that you would need in a Rest Centre - prescription medicine, specific baby items, toiletries and phone lists.
- Know how to shut off your home’s electricity, gas and water supplies at main switches and valves. Have the tools you would need to do this ready to use.
In the event of an evacuation
Always follow the advice of the emergency services and if possible check our website and listen to the local radio stations for updates.
Local radio stations
BBC Radio Wales 657AM, 882AM and 93-104FM
BBC Radio Cymru 92.4 – 96.8 & 103.5- 104.9mhz FM
BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8FM 1485AM
Heart North West and Wales 103.4, 97.1 & 96.3 FM
Radio City 96.7FM