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Though no one in Albany was told to evacuate their home during the flooding in mid-January, sometimes it may be necessary to evacuate before an emergency happens.

With a family emergency plan, you can be sure everyone knows what to do during an evacuation and, with an evacuation kit, you will have all your essentials in one place. This is important because you will want to move quickly when an evacuation order is given. Here is a list of suggested items to keep together and handy in a backpack.

  • Copy of ID, insurance cards, military discharge papers, and proof of address
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Cash and credit/debit card
  • Bottled water and non-perishable food items
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Portable radio
  • List of medications with dosages and extra medications
  • First-aid kit
  • Waterproof matches, permanent marker, rain poncho, complete change of clothes, thermal blanket, pens and paper
  • Map of area
  • Spare eyeglasses (if needed)
  • Communication devices (if needed)
  • Spare batteries and parts for medical devices
  • Set of communication cards (if needed)
  • Items to keep you occupied (books, deck of cards)

If you have limitations, talk to neighbors in advance so they can help you. Learn more about creating a kit at

To find evacuation shelters, contact the Red Cross, which has an updated list at During emergencies, current information is also avail by calling 211 or online at The Red Cross also developed an app for smart phones that displays open shelter locations. Radio and television are also good resources for updates; use a battery-powered radio in case of a power outage or while on the move.