When evacuations become necessary, the City of Mustang will provide information to the public through the Early Alert System and the media. In some circumstances, other warning methods, such as sirens or loud speakers may also be used. Additionally, there may be circumstances under which you and your family feel threatened or endangered and you need to leave your home, school, or workplace to avoid these situations.
The amount of time you have to leave will depend on the hazard. If the event is a weather condition, such as a tornado that can be monitored, you might have a short time to get ready. However, many disasters allow no time for people to gather even the most basic necessities, which is why planning ahead is essential.
In foreseen declared emergencies with prior warning the city will be capable of assisting citizens in an evacuation. This evacuation plan is called the “City Assisted Evacuation Plan”. In the case of an emergency evacuation, with no prior notice, the city will have few immediate resources to assist citizens in evacuating. That is why it is important for every family to pre-plan for an evacuation, and make everyone in the family aware of the plan. This information is being made available to you so that you can develop a plan and carry out that plan in an emergency.
Link to City Assisted Evacuation Plan:
Evacuation: More Common Than You Realize
Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Hundreds of times each year, transportation and industrial accidents release harmful substances, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes. Fires and floods cause evacuations even more frequently. Almost every year, people along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts evacuate in the face of approaching hurricanes.
What You Can Do To Prepare
Prepare a family evacuation plan. Ensure everyone knows what they have to do during an evacuation. Know where you are supposed to go and how to get there. You should know which direction you will be heading once you leave your work or home. Be sure to use the evacuation route designated by emergency personnel, or the route closest to your location. (See Maps Below)
Plan and discuss secondary communication numbers and meeting locations with your family members in the event that you are unable to contact each other using normal methods.
To assist you in preparing for an evacuation here are some web sites that give you important information:
Evacuation Planning (Red Cross Web Site)
Your Evacuation Plan at Red Cross Web Site
Evacuation Emergency Supply List (Ready.gov Web Site)
Emergency Supply List at Ready.gov Web Site
What Should You Prepare For
There are many hazards you should consider when preparing your plan. Some hazards are more likely to occur than others, but all should be taken into account when developing your plan. Follow this link to a list of hazards you may want to consider:
Hazards To Consider
At the time of the emergency you will be told what evacuation routes should be utilized. These evacuation routes will be announced in emergencies that require an immediate evacuation of a large portion of the city, or in the case of an emergency, with prior warning, where a large portion of the city must be evacuated over time.
In any unforeseen emergency incident, which is the most likely, citizens may use these routes to quickly evacuate the city. In most unforeseen emergencies you will just be told to evacuate in the opposite direction of the emergency incident. You should be familiar with all of the exits out of your neighborhood and the direction you need to go to quickly get out of the city, in the safest way. You should also make yourself familiar with where the main evacuation shelter is located and the best way to get there once outside your neighborhood.
Citizens can use the following methods to evacuate the city in foreseen emergencies, with prior warning:
1) Personal Vehicle
2) Family Member Living Near You
3) Ride with a Friend
4) Ride with a Neighbor
6) Ambulance (If Needed)
Follow these links to learn about evacuation routes:
Canadian County Evacuation Routes The Evacuation Routes for Canadian County are I-40 and Highway 81.
Mustang Evacuation Routes
Seniors, Disabled and Special Needs
Some citizens have physical, health and emotional needs during an evacuation that most people do not. Follow this link to learn more:
Disabled and Special Needs at Ready.gov Web Site
Seniors at Ready.gov Web Site
Nursing Homes, Health Facilities, Senior Living and Day Care Responsibilities
It will be the responsibility of the family or the facility to evacuate people in their care. It is highly recommended that all such facilities develop an evacuation plan and train their personnel in the plan. These plans should be shared with the families of people in their care. The plan should clearly set out who will be responsible for evacuating residents and how that evacuation will be carried out. Because of the special care requirements for many residents in these facilities, the facility should incorporate these needs into their plans.
It shall be the responsibility of the facility to coordinate their plans with the city, prior to any emergency, if they wish to incorporate any portion of the city’s plan into their own.
What Should You Do With Pets
Pets are not allowed at local shelters, so you need to develop a plan to care for your pets. Follow this link to learn more:
What You Need To Do
Remain Calm. Remember that you have made prearranged plans for you and your family. Obey all instructions from the emergency plan, and from Police and Fire emergency personnel. Your first priority is to remove yourself safely from any danger.
Where will you get information
These warning devices will be used to get information to the public.
Emergency Alert System on Television
Emergency Alert Sirens (See Sirens Below)
Local Media Channels
Radio Stations (Use a battery-powered radio)
Public Service Channel 20
Loud Speakers from Emergency Personnel
The emergency alert sirens will be used to warn citizens of pending danger. The sirens will be activated as an early warning system for approaching tornados, and other emergencies such as terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction or hazardous material spills.
A “Wail” tone will be utilized as an early warning for Tornados.
Click To Hear The Wail Tone Actions You Should Take
A “HI-LO” tone will be utilized as a “Hazard Alert Warning” in the case of a terrorist attack involving weapons of mass destruction, major fires that endanger a large portion of the city or a hazardous materials spill that requires citizens to take protective action. Since this tone may be used to warn of different hazards, you should take the following steps when you hear this tone:
1) Stay indoors or go indoors.
2) Turn on the television, or listen to a radio, for further instructions. (Local Emergency Broadcast System)
There are two basic instructions you may be given:
1) Evacuate to a safe location outside the threat area, or
2) Shelter in Place.
If advised to evacuate follow the instructions given by emergency personnel. If advised to shelter in place follow the instructions below.
Click To Hear The Hi-Lo Tone Shelter in Place Document (PDF File)
A “Whoop” tone will be utilized to announce an “All Clear” for all emergencies.
Click To Hear The Whoop Tone This tone means that the danger has passed.
Shelter In Place
One of the instructions you may be given in an emergency where hazardous materials may have been released into the atmosphere is to shelter-in-place. This is a precaution aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors. (This is not the same thing as going to a shelter in case of a storm.) Shelter-in-place means selecting a small, interior room, with no or few windows, and taking refuge there. It does not mean sealing off your entire home or office building. To learn more about sheltering in place follow this link:
Shelter in Place Document (Need Acrobat Reader For This Document)
Shelter in Place at Red Cross Web Site (Red Cross Web Site)
Mustang Tornado Shelters
The City of Mustang does not have any community tornado shelters. The City of Mustang recommends that citizens shelter in place during a tornado. Once you hear the sound of a tornado siren it is usually too late to attempt to drive to a shelter. Also, attempting to escape a tornado in your vehicle is not recommended. If you have a tornado shelter that you utilize it is recommended that you drive to the shelter when you first learn about a dangerous storm and not after the sirens have sounded.
Tornado Safety Shelter in Place
The main evacuation shelter is located at the Mustang Town Center, 1501 N. Mustang Road. The Red Cross will provide assistance at the Town Center. The Red Cross also has several alternate shelters throughout Mustang and in other cities. These shelters will be utilized if the Town Center is unavailable.
Because any single shelter may not be accessible during an emergency, you will be notified by emergency personnel at the time of the incident, which shelters will be opened.
For a map showing the location of the Mustang Town Center, use this link: Mustang Evacuation Shelter
Note: Evacuation shelters are never used as tornado shelters.
If time permits:
- Remain Calm Gather your disaster supplies kit.
Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
- Make transportation arrangements with friends or your local government if you do not own a car.
- Wear sturdy shoes and clothing
that provides some protection,
such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a cap.
Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
Secure your home:
Close and lock doors and windows.
Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances, such as toasters and microwaves. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding.
Only use the phone in case of an emergency, injury, or illness. If you must use the phone, keep calls brief.
Gather your family and go if you are instructed to evacuate immediately.
Make arrangements for pets. Animals are not allowed in public shelters. Pet carriers are recommended along with pet supplies.
Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
Let others know where you are going.
Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas.
Stay away from downed power lines.
Follow this Link to Federal Emergency Management Preparedness Website: