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EM358 Evacuation and Re-Entry Planning Course

What You Get: Seven units and three appendices in one file with over 105 pages.

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Table of Contents

Unit One, Why Evacuate?, the need for evacuation and re-entry planning is established.

Unit Two, Who Is At Risk?, provides guidelines for identifying risk area populations that may require evacuation, including special populations and domestic animals. Participants will take a look at their own vulnerability analysis and census data.

Unit Three, Community Behavior in Evacuation, describes typical evacuation behavior and includes discussion about the implications of that behavior on participants' evacuation and re-entry planning.

Unit Four, Evacuation Requirements, describes the components of an evacuation operation and the resulting legal and logistical requirements that must be in place to successfully carry out such an operation. Participants will review existing plans and procedures to evaluate the consideration of evacuation requirements.

Unit Five, Evacuation Communications, covers the communication requirements that must be fulfilled to ensure a successful evacuation operation and the planning implications represented by those requirements.

Unit Six, Re-entry, describes the factors that affect re-entry into the evacuated area, and the requirements for developing a plan to return evacuees to their homes. Participants will determine whether their evacuation plan considers re-entry aspects.

Unit Seven, the Course Conclusion, participants are referred to a job aid consisting of a checklist for identifying what steps their jurisdiction needs to take in their evacuation and re-entry planning efforts. Also in Unit Seven, participants will complete a written test consisting of multiple choice and true-false questions to evaluate achievement of cognitive learning objectives.

Appendix A

Evacuation Studies

Hurricane Floyd
Weyauwega Train Derailment

Appendix B

Evacuation Behavior Studies

Evacuation Warning

How People Receive Evacuation Warning
Effectiveness of Electronic Warning Sources
Evacuation Compliance
Elderly Response to Evacuation Warning
Repeat Response to Evacuation Warning

Evacuation Destinations

Where Evacuees Seek Shelter
How Evacuees Get to Shelter
Evacuation Behavior of Domestic Animal Owners


Elderly residents of the flooded area were transported to shelter by bus. They are anxious to return to their homes to try to salvage belongings.

a. Provide public transportation into the re-entry area.
b. Assign responders or qualified volunteers to assist the senior citizens.
c. Both a and b.

Incarcerated persons in jails, juvenile facilities and drug treatment centers are

a. "special needs populations" requiring particular attention in an evacuation.
b. housed in facilities that do not require evacuation.
c. require little planning as facility managers can manage an evacuation with their own resources.
d. may be left behind as the goal of evacuation is to get the most people, not all, out of the threatened areas.

The water has receded from the evacuated areas of your community. A preliminary damage assessment has been completed. Access to the area is limited because of several washed out roads. The mayor has decided to allow re-entry when you have completed a re-entry plan.

a. Recommend full-scale re-entry.
b. Recommend phased re-entry by geographic boundaries such as neighborhoods.
c. Recommend re-entry only for residents with 4-wheel drive vehicles.

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