Annex E: Evacuation

The purpose of this annex is to provide for the orderly and coordinated evacuation of all or part of the DCCCD population from a DCCCD facility or facilities if it is determined that such action is the most effective means available for protecting the population from the effects of an emergency situation.

Concept of Operations

Evacuation is one means of protecting the DCCCD community from the effects of a hazard. Protection is achieved by moving people away from the hazard. In planning for evacuation, the characteristics of the hazard and its magnitude, intensity, speed of onset and anticipated duration are all significant factors. These factors will determine the number of people to be evacuated, the distances people must be moved to ensure their safety, the need for reception facilities, and the extent of traffic control and security required. Other important factors include the availability and capacity of evacuation routes and their vulnerability to the hazard.

It is anticipated that the primary means of evacuation for most individuals will be by personal vehicle. However, some individuals do not own vehicles or have special needs and may need assistance in evacuating, most likely through the use of public transportation assets. DCCCD relies on commercial or contract transportation providers for specialized transportation needs. Some of these suppliers may not be able to provide sufficient equipment to evacuate a sizeable group on short notice. Local government may be requested to assist in providing transportation.