Mandatory Evacuations in Times of Crisis

July 16, 2015, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

In times of crisis, such as the raging forest fires in Saskatchewan, the government can force the evacuation of citizens for their protection and the protection of first responders. They can also order you to shelter in place. When these events occur they are generally on short notice and the police orders must be obeyed. It is important to remember that these orders are not given lightly, and indicate the presence of an uncontrollable emergency.

Schools, institutions, and workplaces all have drills and the planning in place to make the quick evacuation of a building or an area efficient and effective. You can think of fire drills as a good example.

In the case of homeowner evacuation you should have an ‘emergency bag’ ready at all times on hand. You may only have a few minutes, if that, to gather your most valuable possessions and leave the area.

The Government of Canada has a complete fact sheet on the contents an emergency bag, but here are some key things:

  • Clean water or water purification (2L/day per person)
  • Canned food
  • Manual can opener
  • Medication
  • Cash in smaller bills

Remember to follow the police instructions get the knock on your door.


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