In the event of an evacuation

Authorities will only ask you to leave your home if they have reason to believe you are in danger

Evacuation alerts warn the public of a potential or current threat. These alerts provide critical information about an emergency and what you need to do. Alerts can lead to orders, so you should prepare to evacuate.

Evacuation orders are issued when the public must leave the area for their own safety.

Each emergency is different so there is no step-by-step guide that evacuations follow. If an evacuation alert is issued, you may have time to prepare your home for evacuation. If an evacuation order is issued, you will likely only have time to grab your emergency kit.

Reception Centres

A reception centre may be set up to connect displaced individuals with important resources, like shelter, food and medical care. Reception centres are also where you’d register if you had to evacuate or were impacted by an emergency.
If you go to a reception centre, it is recommended that you bring your emergency kit with you.

Pets may not be allowed in all reception centres. Take steps to identify pet-friendly hotels or pet boarding facilities in and out of your local area. Be prepared to leave your pets with a relative or friend and have your pets’ emergency kit ready to ensure their needs can be met.



If a reception centre is set up, authorities will tell you what you can and can’t bring. Below is a list of items generally not accepted:

  • large quantities of fuel such as gasoline, diesel and propane
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • alcohol or cannabis products
  • street drugs
  • pets (may be redirected to alternate locations)
  • weapons such as knives, clubs and chains