Evacuation Stages

Evacuation Notices​

What you should do when an evacuation is in effect

Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by:

  • Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting place outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.
  • Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and, if you choose, keepsakes, photographs, etc. Have these items readily available for quick departure.
  • Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.
  • Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.
  • Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order.
  • Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required.
4 Stages of Evacuation:

In the event of an emergency residents will be advised when they should prepare for an evacuation. There are four stages of an evacuation:

1. Tactical Evacuation

The emergency does not allow for any warnings to prepare to evacuate. This evacuation is immediate due to threat to life safety.

2. Evacuation Alert

People should be prepared to evacuate the area.  If not already prepared, use this undetermined period of time to begin an orderly preparation for possible evacuation orders.  People may wish to self-evacuate; this is only an alert.

3. Evacuation Order

People have been ordered to evacuate the area.  This is an order and there is no room for discretionary decision making on the part of the population at risk.  An Emergency Reception & Information Centre will be set up; you will be given the location and are asked to register in.

4. Evacuation Rescind

The population that was ordered out of the area previously may now return as the danger has passed. People are requested to remain ready and alert in case the situation changes.  If this occurs, RCMP will alert everyone in the impacted area.