Annex E: Evacuation
The purpose of this annex is to provide for the orderly and coordinated evacuation of all or part of the LSCS population from a LSCS facility(ies) if it is determined that such action is the most effective means available for protecting the population from the effects of an emergency situation.
Concept of Operations
Evacuation is one means of protecting the LSCS community from the effects of a hazard; protection is achieved by moving people away from the hazard. In planning for evacuation, the characteristics of the hazard and its magnitude, intensity, speed of onset, and anticipated duration are all significant factors. These factors will determine the number of people to be evacuated, the distances people must be moved to ensure their safety, the need for reception facilities, and the extent of traffic control and security required. Other important factors include the availability and capacity of evacuation routes and their vulnerability to the hazard.
It is anticipated that the primary means of evacuation for most individuals will be by personal vehicle. However, some individuals do not own vehicles or have special needs and may need assistance in evacuating, most likely through the use of public transportation assets. Where on-campus day care centers exist, they may also have some transportation assets. LSCS relies on commercial or contract transportation providers for specialized transportation needs. Some of these suppliers may not be able to provide sufficient equipment to evacuate a sizeable group on short notice. Local government may be requested to assist in providing transportation.
The primary LSCS resources are LSCS Vice Presidents of Administration, Legal, and Police. The primary external resource is the local Sherriff’s Office. Supporting resources include the County Judge’s Office, county Office of Emergency Management, Fire Marshal’s Office, public health departments, City of Houston Institute of Forensics, Community Services, and the County Attorney’s Office.
- FEMA, Guide for All Hazard Emergency Operations Planning (SLG-101)
- Texas Disaster Act of 1975
- State of Texas Traffic Management Plan
- Annex S: Transportation, LSCS Basic Plan
- Annex M: Resource Management, LSCS Basic Plan