Evacuation Information

Immediate Risk


If you smell gas, smoke or see fire or otherwise fear for your safety, evacuate household occupants immediately. From a safe location, dial 911 and report the incident.

General Evacuation Recommendations/Orders


If local officials issue evacuation recommendations/orders, use the evacuation routes and methods specified; carpool whenever possible. If time allows:
  • Wear sturdy shoes, long-sleeve shirts and pants.
  • Bring car keys, credit cards, road maps, cell phone, charger and important phone numbers.
  • Bring your emergency supply kit.
  • If you have a pet, make sure it is wearing a collar, bring it in a pet carrier labeled with your name and the pet's name. Bring your pet's emergency supply kit.
  • Lock your home and shut off the water and electricity, but leave the gas on unless instructed otherwise.
  • Leave a note or tell a neighbor where you are going.
  • Once you arrive at a safe location, call your out-of-area emergency contact.

Emergency Disaster Shelters


  • Residents should prepare to evacuate out of the area.
  • Prior to and/or immediately following a large scale emergency and/or disaster, York County may open one or more emergency disaster shelter/evacuation assembly centers based upon need and the estimated numbers of displaced persons. Each site must be inspected for safety prior to being opened to the public. Therefore, it is not possible to say with advance certainty which sites will actually operate as disaster shelters. As soon as disaster sites have been formally designated, this list will be announced through local media to the public. If it is unsafe to shelter-in-place, and you do not have an alternative, evacuate to a designated emergency shelter.
  • Tell your out-of area-contact where you are going.
  • Take your emergency supply kit with you to the shelter.
  • Emergency/disaster shelters may not be able to provide basic supplies, materials, and common comforts. Consider bringing extra items (e.g. blanket, pillow, air mattress, towel, washcloth, diapers, food and supplies for infants.)
  • Provide for your pet: only service animals are allowed in "human" shelters.