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ODPS Ohio Emergency Management Agency Evacuation & Re-entry Planning Guidance

Development, Review and Maintenance of Local Evacuation
and Re-entry Plans and Procedures

This page contains information and links to guidance on the development, review and maintenance of local evacuation and re-entry plans and procedures. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) conducts the FEMA G-358 Evacuation and Re-entry Planning course every two years, at a minimum. It is currently one of the electives to fulfill the FEMA Advanced Professional Series (APS). The course is designed for emergency management and response personnel who are actively involved in the development of local emergency plans. The course presents an overview of planning considerations for all-hazards evacuation and re-entry. It lays the groundwork and provides the tools for the development and/or update of local plans.

This page is intended to present fundamental evacuation and re-entry planning factors to assist local and state planners to continue to develop and maintain evacuation and re-entry annexes and scenario-specific plans. We encourage those involved in the planning process to also visit our Local Plan Development Resources page for additional guidance.

These supplemental materials, links to external web sites and other resources are for the use of emergency management planners and others involved in evacuation and re-entry planning and operations. They are provided for informational purposes only and are not endorsed by the Department of Public Safety or the Ohio Emergency Management Agency in any way.


Information presented in the FEMA G-358 Evacuation and Re-entry Planning course includes:

Why Evacuate?

Describes types of situations that necessitate evacuation, the rationale for this training, the course objectives, and the course schedule.

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On July 8, 1986, 15 cars of a southbound freight train consisting of 44 cars and a locomotive derailed while traveling at 45 mph near Miamisburg Ohio. Three of the 15 derailed cars were tank cars containing yellow phosphorus, molten sulfur, and tallow. While derailing on a bridge, these cars were extensively damaged, lost product, and were involved in the resulting fire. In the hours and days following the derailment, the situation degraded, forcing the evacuation of an estimated 30,000 people; 569 persons were treated for various complaints during the incident. This evacuation represents the largest ever U.S. evacuation due to a train derailment involving hazardous materials, and the largest emergency evacuation in Ohio history. Below are the state and local after-action reports from the incident:

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Who is at Risk?

Includes an overview of the process for assessing risk areas for known hazards, determining populations at risk, and defining and identifying functional needs populations.

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Community Behavior in Evacuation

Examines community reaction to warnings, sheltering and transportation tendencies, evacuation behavior of owners of domestic animals, and crowd behavior in evacuation.

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Evacuation Requirements

Looks at local and state laws that govern evacuation and outlines transportation requirements, traffic control, dealing with disabled vehicles and accidents, special transportation needs, shelters and reception centers, provisions for domestic animals, provisions for essential government workers to keep track of their families, perimeter control requirements, and accountability.

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Evacuation Communication

Describes community education about evacuation before any event and examines approaches to communicating evacuation information to the public before, during and after an incident; and evacuation information to special populations, transients and tourists.

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Re-entry

Examines factors that affect re-entry into the evacuated area and strategies for developing a plan for evacuees to return home safely.

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Course Conclusion

Presents planning tools for the development, review, and update of evacuation and re-entry plans.

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Questions

Questions and feedback are welcome and should be forwarded to Phil Johnson, Plans Branch Supervisor, at: prjohnson@dps.state.oh.us.