Evacuation, Shelter and Reception Centers

Although emergency evacuation and shelter are no longer needed at San Onofre, members of the public may be directed to evacuate or shelter for other types of emergencies. Learn how to stay safe with the following tips for evacuation, seeking shelter and heading to your local reception center.


If directed to evacuate, please stay calm. Interstate 5 (I-5) and Pacific Coast Highway are the designated evacuation routes, but please follow directions from law enforcement, as traffic patterns may change. Traffic will be heavily controlled on surface streets leading to I-5 and at all highway on-ramps. If you know someone in your neighborhood without transportation, please offer them a ride.

Take necessary items for at least three days, including prescription medications, a small amount of cash, checkbook, toiletries, baby supplies and bedding.


If directed to shelter in place, please do as directed. Local officials have determined it is safer for you to stay where you are instead of moving to another location. This means:

  • Stay indoors
  • Close all vents (including fireplace dampers)
  • Close windows and doors
  • Turn off air conditioning/heating system

If possible, move to a small, interior room with few or no windows. Keep the television or radio at hand to receive the latest information.

Because sheltering in place may last for more than a day, it is important to prepare and maintain an emergency kit that includes at least a three-day supply of food and water per person.

Reception Center

In the event of an evacuation, a Reception Center will be opened at the Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, in Costa Mesa.

The center is designed to receive, register and determine additional needs of evacuees.

If you're at Camp Pendleton and told to evacuate, you'll be directed south to an on-base Reception Center located at 21 Area Fitness Center (Camp Del Mar). This location can be accessed through the Del Mar Gate off Oceanside Harbor Drive.