Evacuation Tips

Evacuation means that the population in a specific area is ordered to leave the area. In the event of a serious emergency at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, people would be evacuated by Protective Action Zone (PAZ). It is extremely unlikely that an emergency would require all of the PAZs to evacuate at the same time. It is more likely that any decision to evacuate would involve one or two PAZs. Use the Emergency Planning Zone Map to find which PAZ contains your home or business.

If you are told to evacuate:

  • Make sure the PAZ you are in is one that must evacuate.

  • Remember, you have plenty of time to leave in a calm manner.

  • Make note of the Monitoring, Decontamination, and Reception Center for your PAZ announced over the EAS. If you need a place to stay, you can receive assistance there.

  • Remember that children in public schools will be moved to a Public School Relocation Center by bus. You can pick them up there.

  • Do not try to contact or pick up your children at public schools unless you are directed to do so. This could cause traffic and safety problems for children who are being moved.

  • Pack to spend three days away from home. Pack only essentials.

  • Take your pet with you to family, friends or elsewhere out of the area. Remember to take pet food, carrier, supplies, and medications with you.

  • Try to shelter farm animals if you have them. Leave water and feed (enough for several days).

  • Try to ride with friends or neighbors, or offer transportation to others who may need it.

  • If you need transportation but can't find a ride with a friend or neighbor, walk to the nearest carless collection point.

  • Do not turn off gas service to your house unless directed to do so by government officials, or you suspect a leak.

  • Drive with your car windows and outside vents closed.

  • Listen to local radio and television stations for further information.

  • Do not drive car in poor running condition or one that is low on gas. Try to ride with a friend or neighbor.

  • Do not use the telephone except to report a life-threatening medical, fire or police emergency.​