House Evacuation Plan


A house evacuation plan is useful not only for disasters, but also for fires or other incidents in your home.

The two most important parts of an evacuation plan are to have a clear route of escape and to choose a family meeting place.


If possible, have at least two escape routes from each room. Know the locations of fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and first aid kits and know how to shut off gas, water and electricity.

For small children or people with medical conditions or disabilities, know their locations as well as any special equipment.


Designate an out-of-state friend or family member to be your family contact. After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance.

Everyone should carry their family contact phone numbers and have a plan to call in during an emergency.


The American Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of states' health and safety regulations.

Plan ahead by calling area hotels and motels and ask if "no pet" policies could be waived in an emergency.

Animal shelters and veterinarians may be able to provide shelter for animals in an emergency.

Local animal shelters in the area:

  • Watertown Animal Hospital 617-926-8888
  • Belmont Animal Hospital 617-484-5197
  • Pooch Palace 617-924-7790
  • Skipton Kennels 781-899-2800
  • Animal Rescue League 617-426-9170
  • MSPCA 617-522-7400