Hurricane Preparedness Week – Day 2: Know Your Evacuation Zone

If you’ve ever lived through a hurricane, you know the dangers that heavy wind and water can pose to your home and your community. Sadly, many people wait until it’s too late and find themselves on clogged freeways trying to get out of harms way, or worse, trapped inside their homes as the flood water rises.

As Benjamin Franklin once stated, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This couldn’t be more true today, as you plan your evacuation route and heed government warnings when your community is told to move to a safer location, out of the path of the hurricane.

Visit ready.gov/evacuation for detailed information on what to do before, during and after the evacuation. Below are some of the key highlights to get you started on preparing to evacuate.

  • You may have to evacuate quickly due to a hurricane. Learn your evacuation routes & identify where you will stay. Due to the coronavirus, it may be more difficult to find a place to stay. Be sure to have several options available.
  • Do you have pets? Be sure to check in advance for hotels that will permit pets. Check on-line sites such as https://www.petswelcome.com/pet-friendly-hotels or https://www.gopetfriendly.com/ for hotels along your evacuation route.
  • Practice your plan and plan for contingencies due to congestion or flooded roads. Don’t go off course – follow official local #hurricane evacuation routes.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank at least half full in case you need to quickly evacuate for a hurricane. And consider downloading a fuel app to check for outages along your route.
  • If you rely on public transportation, contact your local emergency management agency about evacuation procedures before a hurricane.
  • Driving through flooded roadways is dangerous. Check out this @NWS PSA to see why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI6mIlHKrVY

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