Chapter 2: When Should I Evacuate?
Should I evacuate?
- Do you live in a flood or storm surge zone? (Yes, you should evacuate when notified)
- Are you coastal or do you live farther inland? (Coastal should evacuate, farther inland may not need to unless given orders)
- Has an evacuation notice been given? (If yes, the answer is always to evacuate!)
- Do you live in a mobile home? (If so, be sure to evacuate or head to a shelter EARLY)
- Is the storm within 24 hours of landfall? (There’s some conflicting research here but if the storm is SUPER close most recommend staying home or going to a shelter because you won’t have enough time to fully evacuate)
Shelter in Place Tips:
- Follow the guidance from local emergency management authorities
- Considering going to a local shelter if you are unable to evacuate further
- Protect yourself from high winds by staying in an interior room
- Move to higher ground or a second level if there is flooding or a flood warning (Do not go to the attic) Take your go-bag with you.
- Call 9-1-1 if you’re in life threatening danger
- Be sure to get a full tank of gas and ideally fill a can or approved container if you are in a situation without access to a gas station.
- Follow approved evacuation routes, even if there is traffic. These routes are checked and vetted for safety.
- Never walk or drive through a flooded road
- Make sure you have your go bag handy