Quick Safety Tips - Leaving Home/Evacuation
During an emergency, if you are evacuating . . .
- Enact your family disaster plan and pet plan.
- Evacuate quickly if told to do so. DO NOT get stranded.
- Take your disaster supply kit with you and your pet's kit.
- Bring important family documents in a waterproof container.
- Map out your route, using travel routes specified by local authorities. DO NOT get on the road without a place to go.
- If possible, evacuate to the home of either friends or family in a non-vulnerable area within your county. Next, try a motel or hotel and as a last resort go to a shelter. Remember, shelters are not designated for comfort.
- Notify family or friends of your plans. When you are leaving and where your are going.
- Fill you car with gasoline. Take only the vehicle you will need to get you and your family to safety to reduce the amount of traffic on the roads.
- Bring extra cash. Banks may be closed, ATMs may not work.
- Stay alert to weather advisories, and know the difference between a weather Watch and a weather Warning.
A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.
A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.
- If a hurricane is approaching and you have time, board up windows and glass doors, anchor loose yard objects or bring them inside and lock your doors before you leave.
- Bring pillows and blankets.
- Bring rain gear and sturdy shoes.
- Bring toys, books and games for entertainment. (See also Helping Children Cope with Emergency Situations - Activities)
- Contact your county emergency management office for local evacuation information.
- People who require special assistance in evacuating should register with their local emergency management office.
- Do not drive where water is over the road.
- When traffic lights are out, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
- After the threat - listen to local officials for the all clear.
After an emergency:
See Quick Tips for use when returning home after a storm.