Hurricane Evacuation Plan

HurricaneThe 2013 hurricane season is predicted to be above average. If you live near the coastline, this year there is a 72% chance a hurricane will hit the U.S. Although little can be done to alter the weather, we can prepare for the eventuality of hurricanes. It is extremely important to have a hurricane evacuation plan in place since some hurricanes will require evacuation. Below are four scenarios you and your family can take before a storm.

STAYING HOME

Make sure your home is as reinforced as much possible with shutters or plywood. Before you evacuate, turn off the electricity and water, bring indoors any objects that may fly around and damage the property, and use sand bags to keep your home from flooding. Also, consider your home’s condition and whether your family is healthy enough to stay.

STAYING WITH FRIENDS OR RELATIVES

If a hurricane evacuation is ordered in your area, residents are encouraged to stay with family or friends in an in-land, non-evacuation area. If they don’t have access to this scenario, they should go to their designated shelter. Make arrangements far in advance. Check again as the storm approaches to make sure your hosts are still available. Take with you the same things that you’d take to an emergency shelter.

GOING TO A SHELTER

Shelters should be used only if you’re ordered to evacuate and have nowhere else to go. If you need to evacuate to a shelter, it’s important to bring the following items: Bedding, childcare items, cash, personal hygiene items, prescription medications, drinking water, snacks and extra clothing.

LEAVING THE REGION

Decide your destination and get a hotel room before you go since rooms fill quickly. Remember that flying may not be an option since airports will close well in advance and trains will fill quickly and will stop running once conditions deteriorate. If driving, make sure your car has a full tank of gas and check the tires, fluids and brakes. Lastly, you’ll want to leave early to avoid traffic, but if the storm is 24 hours from landfall or closer, it’s too late to try to leave town.

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