Most emergencies can be weathered by staying put in our homes and waiting until the crisis has passed. But there may be circumstances when you and your family will have to leave your home as quickly as possible. A few events in which the city authorities or emergency response teams may recommend or order evacuation include hurricanes, tsunamis, wildfires, potential flooding, and mudslides. You may also decide to leave if you feel your area is becoming unsafe or there is a widespread and extended breakdown of public utilities sure as water or electricity. If you choose to evacuate, decide quickly, as the longer you delay, the more traffic congestion is likely to impede your efforts to get out, and if you wait too long, emergency conditions may prevent you from being able to leave at all. are you prepared?