How should I prepare for an evacuation?

Prepare by doing the following:

  • Prepare a disaster supplies kit and pack it in your vehicle
  • Make sure your car is in good repair and full of gas
  • Secure your home:
    • Turn off the gas, water, and electricity
    • Board up the windows and draw drapes across them
    • Brace garage doors
    • Bring in or secure any loose objects in the yard
    • Lock all windows and doors
  • If you have a boat, secure it on a trailer near your house and fill it with water
  • Make arrangements for pets before you leave; most public shelters, and many hotels and motels do not allow them
  • Leave a note telling where you plan to go
  • Designate an out-of-area contact that family and friends can call to get information on your whereabouts
  • Finally, designate a meeting point for your family should you get separated

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1. Am I at risk from a hurricane?
2. How will I know when to evacuate?
3. Who should plan to leave early?
4. What can I do to prepare for a storm?
5. How should I prepare for an evacuation?
6. What if I need help to evacuate?
7. How long will it take to evacuate?
8. Where should I go?