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Evacuation and Sheltering-In-Place

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If you are advised by the Town of Saugeen Shores' Emergency Officials to “shelter-in-place”, you must remain inside your home or office and protect yourself there. The following steps will help maximize your protection:

  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
  • Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Close the fireplace damper.
  • Get your emergency supplies kit and make sure the radio is working.
  • Go to an interior room that’s above ground level (if possible one without windows). In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air, and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
  • Using duct or other wide tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room. Continue to monitor your radio until you are told all is safe or advised to evacuate. Town Officials may later call for the evacuation of specific areas in the community that are at greatest risk. Emergency responders will advise when it is safe to leave the premise.


If Town Officials ask you to leave your home, they have a good reason to make this request, and you should heed their advice immediately. Listen to your radio and follow the instructions of Town of Saugeen Shores' Emergency Officials, keeping these simple tips in mind.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes so you can be protected as much as possible.
  • Take your emergency supplies kit.
  • Lock your home.
  • Take a cellular telephone if you have one.
  • Collect family members or go to the place designated in your family plan as a meeting place.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • If you go to an evacuation centre, sign up with the registration desk so you can be contacted or reunited with your family and loved ones.
  • Contact your out-of-area emergency contact (identified in your personal emergency plan) to let them know what has happened, that you are OK and how to contact you. Alert them to any separated family members.

Listen to Town of Saugeen Shores' Emergency Officials for the most accurate information about an event in this area. Staying tuned to local radio and following their instructions is your safest choice.

If you’re sure you have time:

  • Call or e-mail your family contact to tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
  • Plan to take your pets with you; do not leave them behind. Because pets are not permitted in public shelters, follow your plan to go to a relative or friend’s home, or find a “pet-friendly” hotel.
  • If instructed to do so, shut off water and electricity before leaving. Leave natural gas service ‘on’ unless Town of Saugeen Shores Emergency Officials advise you otherwise. You may need gas for heating and cooking. You might need to contact your utility company to restore gas service/reconnect appliances in your home once it has been turned off and in a disaster situation, it could take weeks for a professional to respond.