Shelter & Evacuation

If the need arises to recommend either evacuation or sheltering-in-place, Harford County public safety officials will use several methods of conveying emergency public information to the citizens. Primarily, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be used to notify the public (TV and radio). Other means of conveying emergency public information may include use of the emergency notification system (phone callout system), media releases, NOAA Hazard Alert Radios, and route altering.

When you evacuate

  • Grab your pre-made emergency supply kit (i.e. Go-Bag). Follow the instructions provided by local officials.
  • Notify a family member or close friend of your temporary relocation.
  • Schools will evacuate to pre-designated host schools.
  • Parents of children enrolled in daycare centers should check with the individual center for its plan when enrolling their child.
  • Leave plenty of food and water for livestock.
  • Turn off lights, fans, air conditioners, and appliances except for refrigerators and freezers.
  • Lock windows and doors.
  • Do not return home until you are told the area is safe.


Sheltering in place

  • Go inside a secure building and close all doors and windows. Tape cracks for extra protection.
  • Shut off all outside air intakes such as fans and air conditioners.
  • Keep pets inside with you.
  • Shelter farm animals in barns and sheds.
  • Move to a central area of the building.
  • If possible, have your emergency supply kit with you.
  • School children will take shelter where they are. Do not attempt to pick up your children. They will be safe and well taken care of until the danger passes.
  • Limit telephone use to reporting emergencies or to request special assistance - emergency calls only.
  • Stay indoors until you are told it is safe to go outside.
  • If in a vehicle, close the windows and vent.