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2013 Evacuation Guide

In the event of an evacuation in the City of Fargo, one of the following notices will be issued:

Voluntary Evacuation:  Residents are strongly encouraged to evacuate as there is a significant potential threat of flooding. Residents will be notified through the use of the CodeRed system and the media. A voluntary evacuation may target specific populations such as nursing home residents, hospital patients, or those residing within a specific geographical location.  The City may also use voluntary evacuations as a precursor to issuing a mandatory evacuation notice when the likelihood of issuing a mandatory evacuation notice is likely or imminent.  City officials will provide residents with the reason for issuing a voluntary evacuation notice thus enabling residents to make informed decisions relative to leaving their place of residence.

Mandatory Evacuation:  Is a warning that an imminent threat to life and/or property exists and residents MUST evacuate as directed.  Residents may be notified by the use of emergency warning sirens, door-to-door notification, and through the use of the CodeRed system and the media.  A mandatory evacuation notice may target vulnerable populations such as nursing home residents or hospital patients, or those residing within a specific geographical location.

Special Needs Population Evacuation:  The evacuation of people residing in a nursing home or hospital, or those who may be mobility impaired and may require specialized transportation equipment.
Neighborhood Evacuation:  The evacuation of a specific neighborhood based on the failing or impending failing of a flood protection system or device.
Full-Scale Evacuation:  The evacuation of the entire city, or a significant portion of the city, based on a major failing or impending failing of a flood protection system or device.

Regardless of what type of evacuation notice is issued by city officials, residents who choose not to evacuate as directed need to be prepared to accept the consequences of limited or no access to food, water, sanitary sewer, or basic services for an extended period of time.  In addition, residents must understand that rescue into areas previously evacuated may not be timely or possible.

View or download the entire 2011 Flood Evacuation plan (pdf)

Evacuation Route Map

In the event of an evacuation in the City of Fargo, please refer to the evacuation route map(pdf). 

Shelter Preparation Guide (pdf)
 
Secure your home:
•      Close and lock doors and windows.
•      Plug drains.
•      Turn off water at the water meter.
•      Do not turn off electricity; make sure freezers, refrigerators and sump pumps are plugged in.
•      Do not turn off natural gas, it is important that your home stays warm and does not freeze.
If you live on the primary alignment (along the river), leave your lights on.
•      Leave a note on your front door with contact information (such as a cell phone number). The City of Fargo does not have a database to track homes that have been vacated so do not call the City. You may download a general resident evacuation information form (pdf) to fill out and post on your home, if you choose to evacuate. This form is not mandatory.

Pet Safety:
•      Do not leave pets at home when you evacuate.
•      If you evacuate to a shelter, make plans for your pet, not all shelters take pets.

Ensure neighbors are aware of alert

Evacuated areas will be secured by police or National Guard:  Access to vacated areas will be controlled to ensure that unauthorized individuals will not be permitted in the area.

Listen to local officials:
•      Listen to media outlets for information from local officials.
•      If the imminent threat that caused the evacuation can be stabilized so your neighborhood remains protected, you may be permitted to return to your home.
•      Vulnerable populations including the elderly, disabled, small children and those unable to self evacuate, may not be permitted to return to an area that still has a potential threat (such as neighborhoods behind contingency levees).
•      When you do return to your home, be prepared to provide documentation showing that you do reside in the previously evacuated area. If you cannot demonstrate that you reside in a previously evacuated area, you will not be allowed to enter. Documentation may include a driver’s license or utility bill.

Download a pdf copy of this evacuation information.