Emergency Notification and Evacuation. Prepared by: The Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Management. Session Overview. Emergency Notification EAS Radio and TV stations Other Means of Communication. What to do if you are notified of an emergency. Protective Actions Shelter in Place
The Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Management
Shelter-in-Place: Shelter-in-Place is a proven effective action which is the proper response for many emergencies. If you are told to shelter in place, take the following actions:
If the Emergency involves hazardous materials, the following actions are to be taken in addition:
Prepare-to-Evacuate : Prepare-to-Evacuate is a protective action that may be given at first or as a follow-up to Shelter-in-Place if it is appropriate for the emergency. At the time the Prepare-to-Evacuate instruction is given, emergency management personnel will be preparing for an orderly evacuation. You should take the following actions:
Evacuation is a sound protective action and the proper response for many emergencies when it is best to separate the people impacted by the emergency from the emergency. If you are told to evacuate, take the following actions:
Evacuation routes will be determined by the appropriate emergency management official(s) at the time of the evacuation action decision. The following major thoroughfares and streets will be utilized whenever possible:
When told to return home, please take the following actions:
1. Do not return to the emergency site until authorities say it is safe.
2. Continue listening to the radio for information and instructions.
3. Use extreme caution when entering buildings, structures may have been damaged or weakened. Beware of poisonous snakes in flooded structures and debris.
4. Do not take lanterns, torches or any kind of flame into a damaged building. There may be leaking gas or other flammable materials present. Use battery-operated flashlights for light.
5. If you smell leaking gas, turn off the main gas valve at the meter.
* Do not turn on lights--they can produce sparks that will ignite the gas.
* Leave the house immediately and notify the gas company or the police.
* Do not reenter the house until all odor of gas is gone.
6. Notify the power company or fire department if you see fallen or damaged electrical wires.
7. If appliances are wet, turn off the main electrical power switch in you home before you unplug them. Dry out appliances, wall switches and sockets before you plug them in again--call utility companies for guidance.
8. Check food and water supplies for contamination and spoilage before using them. Follow specific instructions from your local health department or agriculture extension agency.
9. Wear sturdy shoes when walking through debris or broken glass, and use heavy gloves when removing debris.
10. After the emergency has passed, telephone or telegraph your family and friends to tell them you are safe.