DEMHS: Shelter & Evacuation Checklist

Shelter & Evacuation Checklist

In the event of an emergency requiring public protective actions to be taken, the following information is very important.

Take Shelter

If you are located in an area that has been advised to "Take Shelter", please carry out the following:

  • If driving, close windows and/or vents and turn off the air conditioner or heater. Go home or to a public building.
  • Go inside and close all windows and doors.
  • Turn off all devices that draw outside air.
  • Extinguish stove or fireplace fires and close flues when possible.
  • Keep pets indoors.
  • Do not use the telephone. Keep phone lines open for emergency personnel.
  • Continue to monitor your local EAS radio or TV stations.
  • If you know of neighbors or co-workers with language or hearing difficulties please inform them of this situation.


If you are located in an area that has been advised to "Evacuate", please be aware that state and local plans were developed and are in place to assure your safety. Each community within the 10-mile radius of the nuclear power facility has been assigned to one of five Connecticut communities predesignated as a Host Community. These Host Communities have agreed to receive and shelter individuals who have been told to evacuate their homes or the area. When directed to evacuate, please carry out the following:

  • Gather together those household members who are present.
  • Pack the following items, as necessary:
  • clothing, money, credit cards, checkbook
  • prescription medicine or special medical equipment and potassium iodide (KI) if is on hand.
  • blankets, pillows, soap, towels, toiletries
  • diapers, bottles, milk/baby formula
  • identification and important personal papers
  • portable radio, flashlight, batteries.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors.
  • Turn off devices that draw outside air.
  • Turn off lights and electrical appliances (except refrigerator and freezer).
  • Since pets cannot be brought to Red Cross Shelters try to make other arrangements, such as staying with family or friends. Some hotels or motels waive "no pet" provisions during an emergency. If you must leave your pet behind, make sure you leave plenty of food and water and your petís favorite toys and bedding.
  • See if your neighbors need a ride -- carpool with them if necessary.
  • Try not to use your telephone. Keep phone lines open for emergency personnel.
  • Go to your assigned Host Community Reception Center. Evacuation routes are described on pages 2 and 3 of the yellow pages in those telephone directories within a 10 mile radius around Millstone. If you are not near a telephone book, the local Emergency Broadcast System (EAS) television or radio stations will be giving the instructions. Continue to listen to a local EAS radio station while you are in your vehicle.

Content Last Modified on 7/27/2009 2:02:54 PM