Evacuations whose scope and duration are both limited aren’t as dramatic as when entire cities bail out, but they’re much more common. That's why it makes sense to plan for them.
This two-part article will deal with limited-scope evacuations, which occur when a small portion of a community needs to be moved for any number of reasons, including a hazmat spill, bomb threat, flooding, severe weather, a major fire or civil disturbance. Typically the scope of a community or tactical evacuation is measured in hundreds of evacuees (or fewer), not in thousands, and in hours, not days or weeks.
Although much has been written on large-scale mass evacuations, comparatively little has been published about how to plan for and implement these smaller-scale, and much more common, evacuations.
- Part 1: Aligning priorities, objectives, strategies and tactical direction
- Part 2: Specific operational considerations