No one wants to believe that a major storm will hit their community, but living near the coast comes with certain risks. In order to remain safe and avoid a potential disaster, you must evacuating when officials give the order. Don’t stay in an unsafe location where first responders will be forced to risk their own lives to save yours or where you’ll be in the way of a hurricane disaster relief effort after the fact. These simple steps will help you prepare for evacuation.
Make a Evacuating Plan
The most important thing you can do to prepare for hurricane evacuation is create a plan well in advance of a storm. Where will you go? Which route will you take? Which vehicle will you drive? Where will you stop for gas? Answering these important questions ahead of time will help you avoid making difficult decisions under pressure.
Prepare Your House
Even though you’re evacuating, you’ll still need to prepare your home to weather the storm. Accept sandbags that your community hands out, and board your windows with plywood. Remove all outdoor furniture, planters, grills, garbage cans and decorations, and place them inside so they don’t cause damage or injury. If you can, move important items from the first floor to the second floor in case of flooding. Finally, take photos of the contents of your home in case you need them for insurance purposes.
Gather Your Things
It will be tempting to overpack when you evacuate your home, but take only what you need because space is at a minimum. Pack the essentials you’d normally take on a trip, but don’t forget about insurance policies, family contact information and safe deposit box keys. Also, remember to take plenty of non-perishable food and water with you, as you’ll likely be stuck in long lines of traffic.
Evacuation is a scary, inconvenient, uncomfortable process, but it saves lives. If you live in an evacuation zone, be sure to put a plan in place now so that leaving is as efficient as possible.