evac·u·a·tion | \ i-ˌva-kyə-ˈwā-shən , -kyü-ˈā- \

Definition of evacuation 

1 : the act or process of evacuating

2 : something evacuated or discharged

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In its report, ABC News cited an internal U.S. government document that said the first phase of an evacuation plan could be completed by 6 p.m. Saturday local time, with the second phase starting as soon as Sunday morning local time. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Thai soccer team, coach pen letters to families while rescue efforts continue," 7 July 2018 Being prepared for a fire, earthquake, flood or other disaster means including small and large animals in an evacuation plan. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Preparing for a disaster could save an animal's life," 29 June 2018 Collin Arnold, homeland security director, talked about how 100 people were working through evacuation plans. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "New Orleans starts hurricane season without a health director: why that matters," 1 June 2018 While schools often have binders filled with emergency procedures and evacuation plans in each classroom, substitute teachers told TIME the information can be a bit too general. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "‘They’re Really on Their Own.’ Santa Fe Reveals the Danger of Being a Substitute Teacher in Era of School Shootings," 24 May 2018 As new lava pushes toward the geothermal plant, state officials are readying evacuation plans. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, "Crews struggle to protect Hawaii power plant from red-hot lava flow," 22 May 2018 Campus blueprints and evacuation plans were found in the 20-year-old’s off-campus apartment. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "CMS leader wants $9 million to fortify schools. But he’s not eager to share details. | Charlotte Observer," 21 Mar. 2018 Go to one of those shelters, or to a nearby permanent structure, using your tornado evacuation plan. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Tornado safety tips: What to do if you're in a home, mobile home or office," 19 Mar. 2018 If the fighting got too close, Lafarge had an evacuation plan that included buses to get them out in case of danger. Liz Alderman, Elian Peltier And Hwaida Saad, New York Times, "‘ISIS Is Coming!’ How a French Company Pushed the Limits in War-Torn Syria," 10 Mar. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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evac·u·a·tion | \ i-ˌvak-yə-ˈwā-shən \

Medical Definition of evacuation 

1 : the act or process of evacuating

2 : something evacuated or discharged

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