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Evacuation Zones
Evacuation zones are based on pre-established garbage pick-up routes. For example, if you are in garbage pick-up route green, your evacuation zone will also be in green.

Public Evacuation Route Map 

Please note: While routes have been pre-established, depending on the type and scope of disaster, routes may be altered for greater safety and response capacity.

Shelter-in-Place

Sometimes it is more suitable to shelter-in-place, particularly if exposure to a hazard will cause further harm and/or if response for containment of the hazard is expected to be completed in a reasonable amount of time. For example, shelter-in-place directives may be issued if there is a toxic chemical release, in which it is better to shelter inside away from hazardous fumes. 

If you are instructed to shelter-in-place please follow the instructions listed below:

  • Go indoors and tightly close all windows and doors.
  • Turn off all air exchange units including, but not limited to: air conditioners, furnaces, kitchen/bathroom fans, clothes dryers, etc. If you have a fireplace, put out the fire and close the damper.
  • If possible, seek shelter in an upstairs interior room away from exterior windows. Some hazardous materials are dense and will sink into basement stairwells and low lying areas, which is why upstairs is better. An ideal location is an upstairs interior bathroom if you have one - usually these rooms are smaller and will allow you access to water while you wait for the shelter-in-place to be lifted.
  • Ensure you have a radio (battery or crank operated if possible) and take into the room you are sheltering in - stay tuned to local radio stations for further information and instructions.
  • Cover and seal any windows or built-in fans and vents (ex. bathroom fans, floor registers) in the room you are sheltering in with plastic and duct tape. You may also seal cracks around doors and windows with plastic/duct tape. Dampen a towel and roll it up and place at the bottom of a closed door.
  • Never attempt to drive through an area for which a shelter-in-place directive has been issued.
  • If you have nowhere to take shelter, you may do so in your vehicle. Close doors, windows and all vents. Shut off all air exchange units. Do not turn on your vehicle, as this will such in potentially contaminated air from outside.
  •  Turn on your radio to local stations and await further instructions.


Check out this educational video on Shelter in Place safety action in the event of an airborne release of a hazardous substance.


Contact Us
Contact
Jordan Newton
Senior Manager, Emergency Services
Email
P: 780 874-3710 ext. 2905

In an emergency or disaster, please call 911.