If told to evacute
Leave if you can. But listen closely to the tv and radio stations to be sure you are included in the evacuation area. Check the map, it shows evacuation routes and locations of reception centers in Berrien County.

Listen for directions on evacuation routes to reception centers. All evacuation routes and the four reception centers may not be open. You and your family or work associates should go to an announced reception center to register. After registering, you may stay with relatives or friends who live outside the danger area. Or, if preferred, you will be assigned to a congregate-care center.

Prepare to leave calmly! Evacuate does not mean “run for it!” You and others with you should have time to get ready safely.Take only essential items. Pack as if you were going on a trip for a few days. Use the list on this page as a guide.

Don't take firearms, alcoholic beverages, or illegal drugs.

Don't try to pick up children at school or friends and family members in hospitals or other special-care facilities. If necessary, they will be taken to shelters outside the danger zone. Listen for instructions on TV and radio stations about where and when they can be picked up, if necessary, when it is safe.

Don't worry if you are in a hospital or other special-care facility. You will be protected. If you have Special Needs and previously sent in a postcard, you will receive necessary assistance. If you need help, listen to a tv or radio station for the telephone number you can call. For a nuclear emergency only, call 866-362-3105 (Rumor Control).

Don't take pets with you unless you're staying with relatives or friends who will accept them. Shelters will not accept pets. Leave pets at home indoors with a few days’ supply of food and water. If you do have a place to take pets, don't forget to bring pet food, medicines, leashes and tags.

Shelter livestock, if possible. Make sure they have enough stored feed and well water to last two or three days. Listen to a TV or radio station for additional livestock information. Also, see the special information in the Notice to Farmers and Protection of the Food Supply sections of this site.

Turn off small appliances, lights, and water faucets.

Turn down the furnace or shut off fans, air conditioning, and all air-intake systems.

Lock all windows and doors. The evacuated area will be secured and you will not be allowed to return until it is safe.

Check on neighbors. Make sure they know to evacuate and have transportation.

Some Items you may need

  • Bedding: blankets, pillows, sleeping bags.
  • Toiletries: soap, towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, sanitary supplies.
  • Essentials: Emergency Information Calendar, portable radio, flashlight, extra batteries, keys, tool kit, bank books, checkbook, cash, wallet, purse.
  • Specialties: diet foods, baby formula and bottles, diapers, favorite toys, or games.
  • Health supplies: medicines, glasses, dentures, hearing aid, first-aid kit.
  • Identification: drivers license, credit cards, important papers.

Once you're in your vehicle . . .

  • Drive carefully. There's no need to speed. Follow directions of all sheriff, police and traffic officers.
  • Close all windows and vents. Shut off heating or air conditioning.
  • Listen to a radio. Follow emergency instructions on your car or portable radio. You will be told when it is safe to return.