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If you must leave your home

If you are forced to leave your home due to a natural or man made disaster here are recommended steps to take before doing so.

  • Make sure gas stoves are turned off before you leave.
  • If you leave your house for an alternative shelter during the winter, leave a faucet on at the end of your water service line so a trickle of water is coming out of the faucet. This should prevent your water line from freezing.
  • If you leave your house, remember to take any medications or special diet supplements with you.
  • If you know of people that are out of town during a natural gas evacuation, please contact the local authorities. These homes need to be checked for pets, etc.
  • If you leave your home, be sure and let relatives know where you are going.

For more information, contact your local utility or Local Public Health Department.

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Last Revised: March 27, 2013