Are You Prepared?
Evacuation / Disaster Kit
Evacuation means to leave where you are and go to a safe place. Clark County emergency officials may ask residents of the PAZ or Protective Action Zone to evacuate temporarily because of a chemical agent accident at the Bluegrass Army Depot or during a hazardous material release any where in the county. They will tell you what areas to evacuate, what roads to take, which way to go and when it’s safe to return. Evacuations are carefully planned to get people out of an area safely and quickly. Clark County emergency officials already have evacuation plans for your community. To stay safe, leave immediately if advised to do so.
Listen to emergency messages on local radio and television to find out if you are in an area that needs to evacuate. Write down the roads you should take and where you should go or use the map shown below.
If you don’t know which stations are your Emergency Alert System (EAS) stations, find out now. Ask Winchester/Clark County Emergency Management / CSEPP Office (859)745-7415 where to find the stations on your AM and FM dials and program an EAS station on your car radio. Lexington TV Stations will also carry EAS messages.
Take essentials for your health and safety, such as medications and eyeglasses. Don’t take time to gather anything else.
Keep car windows and air vents closed as you travel away from the danger area. Turn off the car’s air conditioner or heater.
Do not call 9-1-1 unless you have a life-threatening situation such as a heart attack.
If you need a ride, try to get a ride with a neighbor. If you can offer transportation to a close-by neighbor, co-worker or unattended child without transportation, who can leave immediately, do so.
If you can’t evacuate for any reason, take shelter inside a building immediately. (See Shelter-in-Place page for more information on making your shelter as airtight as possible.) Listen to your EAS station(s) for further instructions and information.
The schools will protect your children by evacuating or sheltering them. Don’t go to your child’s school unless told to do so by emergency or school officials. Listen to an EAS station to hear where and when to pick up your children.
If you don’t know what areas in your community may be at risk, call Winchester/Clark County Emergency Management or CSEPP Office now, so you will have the information if you need it. Find out whether the places you live, work and visit (such as church, shopping centers and doctor’s office) are within the area that may be at risk.
Contact Winchester/Clark County Emergency Management now to see if you should take pets with you. If not, bring them indoors (if you can find them quickly) and leave food and water for them.
Talk with your family (or business associates) now about your plans for evacuating. Assign each person a job so that you can leave quickly. Establish a place to meet your family (outside of the affected area) if you are not together when told to evacuate.
Be prepared to evacuate immediately for an emergency such as a chemical agent accident at the Bluegrass Army Depot or hazardous material release. Make your Evacuation Kit now so that you can leave quickly from home, work, shopping or elsewhere if your local officials instruct you to Evacuate. Always keep with you: a list of important phone numbers and prescriptions, driver’s license, identification, insurance and credit cards, check book and a 24-hour supply of prescription medications. Keep in your car at all times: a radio, evacuation maps, flashlight with extra batteries, a blanket and one-quarter tank of fuel.
Evacuation Kit items you may need:
Store them in your car so that you can leave quickly.
A change of clothes for each person in your family (Remember to swap out the clothes each season. For example, store shorts in the summer, jackets and sweaters in the winter.)
Diapers, baby food and other baby items, if your family has a baby.
Bottled water and non-perishable food.
Quiet toys and/or books, if you have young children.
Pet food, leashes and special supplies, if you have a pet(s)
Phone list with important work, school and medical numbers (Include the number for an out-of-town relative or friend whom each person in your family can call to say he or she is safe. If your family is not together when you need to evacuate, this is a good way to account for everyone.)
The last-minute additions: Make a list of the items and put the list in a prominent place so you can find it and the items quickly before evacuating. If you can’t find these items quickly, leave without them.
Health and safety items you can’t keep with you or store in advance but would need if you had to evacuate
Pets (Put your pet in a cage. Check with your local Emergency Management Agency now to see if there are special arrangements for pets. Most American Red Cross shelters will not allow pets.)
Ready, Set, Act!
Be Ready. Know what to do if you are instructed to evacuate. Be confident that you, your family members and co-workers have prepared and practiced your evacuation plans so that everyone will be safe, even when the family is apart. Have your Evacuation Kit Set to go out the door or keep it in your car. Keep essentials with you or in your car at all times. Act immediately if instructed to evacuate. Listen carefully to Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages on EAS radio stations for the safest route out of your area -- and to learn when it’s safe to return home.