Personal Evacuation Plan

  • Identify ahead of time where you will go. The home of a friend or family member may be an option. If not, be sure to make hotel reservations as soon as possible; occupancies will be scarce along evacuation routes as the storm progresses.
  • Be sure all family members know how to get in touch with each other, in the event you are split up.
  • Keep all contact numbers handy.
  • Make sure your vehicles have a full tank of gas, well before an evacuation order might be issued.
  • Have a road map of the local area in case flooding or damage forces you to abandon familiar routes.
  • Leave early. Traffic will build quickly once the evacuation order has been given.
  • Listen to the radio for evacuation instructions, even after the evacuation has begun.
  • Make arrangements for pets. The may not be allowed into emergency shelters or hotels for health and safety reasons. The local humane society will have information on animal shelters.

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