Safe Exit: Evacuation Planning

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Your first important decision when an emergency occurs is whether to shelter-in-place or evacuate. If the decision is to evacuate, having an evacuation plan in place will increase the likelihood everyone will exit the building safely, loss of vital property will be minimized, and the time away from your home or studio will be less stressful.

    • Have a primary and at least one secondary evacuation route from your home and studio

    • If there are co-workers, staff or family members who live or work with you, agree among yourselves what the best meeting place is immediately after evacuating the building

    • Have vital records (listing below) in a water-proof, accessible container that you can easily take with you

    • Review the information in the Disaster Warning – Evacuation area of the Studio Protector to help you think through what other evacuation planning you can do before an emergency arises

    • Fill out and have available the Studio Protector Getting Help Booklet and Evacuation Planning Form (below)

    • Review the evacuation planning resource listing (below)

The Getting Help booklet from the Studio Protector® Wall Guide has a section for planning for evacuation. Fill in the copy from your wall guide or fill in and print the pages in the version below:


We have made the contents of the Getting Help: Emergency Contacts Pocket ProtectorTM booklet from the Studio Protector® wall guide available as a pdf for you to use, print, and post in the studio. The booklet contains lists of first responders, arts responders, and places to fill in your own emergency numbers, plan for evacuation, and and work through special needs. The fillable pdf file can be filled in, saved and printed for easy reference.

To help plan your safe exit, use this downloadable form.

If you store your vital documents such as these in water-proof container in a safe, accessible place in your home or studio, then they will be easy to take with you when evacuating.
• Insurance policies
• Prescriptions
• Birth and marriage certificates
• Passports
• Drivers license or personal identification
• Social Security cards
• Recent tax returns
• Employment information
• Wills, deeds and recent tax returns
• Stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates
• Bank, savings and retirement account numbers
• Home inventory
• Studio inventory

To learn more about evacuation planning review these resources:

American Red Cross's Ready Rating program for businesses, organizations and schools

FEMA's evacuating yourself and your family planning resources

FEMA's family emergency plan with a link to a downloadable, fillable pdf form

FEMA's emegency response planning resources for businesses

FEMA's Smartphone App that provides access to up-to-date emergency information, including the locations of open shelters and FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers

SBA's (in conjuction with Agility Recovery) Prepare My Business emergency preparedness resources

Insurance Information Institute's Preparing an Effective Evacuation planning resource