Develop an Evacuation Plan

The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in a zone or unsafe home, and work it out with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

5 Things to Know About Having an Evacuation Plan

  1. Find out today if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone.
  2. Plan today where you would go and how you would get there if told to evacuate by local officials.
  3. If you don’t live in an evacuation zone, identify someone who does, and plan to be their inland evacuation destination.
  4. Leave immediately when told to evacuate by local officials.
  5. Identify an evacuation destination that will accommodate your pets, as most shelters do not permit them.