What if I'm told to evacuate?
The Town Supervisor may recommend or could even mandate that certain residents take steps to evacuate their homes to protect their health and welfare in the event of an approaching storm or other hazardous event. If an evacuation order were to be issued you should stay calm and do as directed. The Town will communicate evacuation orders and instructions through the local media, the Town’s website and by our Police and Fire Departments going door to door. Evacuees should plan their mode of transportation to the shelters.

If you must evacuate your home, because you live in an evacuation zone or you feel unsafe in your home, your first choice should be to stay with family or friends in a location outside the evacuation zone. This is where you will probably be most comfortable. Keep in mind that our shelters only provide emergency, short-term sheltering to the public. They do not provide adequate supplies of food, water and bedding, so individuals seeking shelter are encouraged to bring an Emergency Supplies Kit. An Emergency Supplies Kit could include items such as bottled water, snacks, prescription and emergency medication, extra clothing, pillows, blankets and other comfort items, hygiene supplies, and cash. See the Emergency Preparedness section of the Town’s website for more information.

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1. What is the Office Emergency Management (OEM) responsible for?
2. How do I get information from the Town during a disaster?
3. What type supplies should I keep on hand for emergency situations?
4. What does shelter-in-place mean?
5. How do I find the nearest shelter?
6. What can you expect at a shelter?
7. How do I help a family member, friend or neighbor who needs special assistance?
8. What does evacuation mean?
9. What if I'm told to evacuate?
10. What does a state of emergency mean?
11. Where is Southold's Emergency Management Office located?
12. Is Emergency Management the same as 911?