If evacuation during a hurricane is needed, keep these tips in mind:
  • Determine the need for evacuation:
    • If going out of town, make arrangements ahead of time and leave early and preferably during daylight hours
    • Roads may become crowded during mandatory evacuations
  • Decide on a specific place:
    • The protected house of a friend outside the evacuation zone, a secure hotel, or a shelter.
    • Remember, shelters provide basic needs so this should be a last resort
  • Do not stay in any structure without good shutters or properly designed and installed hurricane protection during any hurricane
  • Have a good meal before leaving
  • Make sure you unplug appliances in your home and turn off electricity, water, and gas to reduce the potential of damage from gas line breaks or power surges