Evacuation Tips

It’s hurricane season

Even though plenty of storms pose a threat while they swirl around the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean, most of them do not make landfall in Florida, or only result in minor rainfall and winds. Sometimes, however, these storms turn into tropical storms or hurricanes, and depending on their severity, they can have devastating results. Tropical storms and hurricanes can bring flooding, power outages, and structural damage. In some severe cases, these storms can force people to evacuate their homes.

If you need to evacuate, it can be an incredibly nerve-racking and scary time. By preparing in advance, you can cut down on some of the stress.

Evacuation Tips

      • If you have a car, make sure the tank is filled, particularly if you know that an evacuation warning is imminent. Keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case of an unexpected need to evacuate. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies or you may be unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
      • If you do not have a car, have an alternative transportation plan in place.
      • Become familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency.
      • Follow the recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts. They may be blocked.
      • If you can, let an out-of-area family member or friend know that you are leaving. Tell them where you are planning to go.
      • Leave early to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
      • Be aware of road hazards such as washed-out roads or bridges and downed power lines. Do not drive into flooded areas.
      • Make sure your pet is ID’ed, and plan ahead when traveling with a pet. Not all shelters will allow pets, so make sure to look up an animal-friendly shelter in advance. If you cannot take your pets with you, keep them at a local kennel or other boarding facility.

Stay Safe!

Hopefully no one has to evacuate their homes during this hurricane season, but by preparing in advance, you ensure that you’ll be ready to go if disaster strikes!

For more information on evacuation procedures, visit www.ready.gov or the websites of the American Red Cross and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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