Home Evacuation Guide

What to do if you have to leave your home

(HealthDayNews) -- If terrorists were to strike in your neighborhood, local authorities could ask you to leave your home, especially if an attack involved chemical weapons.

In the event of an assault, the American Red Cross of Rhode Island recommends you listen to news reports and follow the instructions of emergency officials.

Here are some things to remember:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes so you can be protected as much as possible.
  • Take any disaster supplies kit with you.
  • Take your pets with you. Because pets are not permitted in public shelters, go to a relative's or friend's home or find a pet-friendly hotel.
  • Use travel routes specified by local authorities. Don't use shortcuts; they may be impassable or dangerous.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
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