What to do if you are told to evacuate
To help weather a hurricane, you should start preparing long before you are told to evacuate. Here are some tips to guide your through an evacuation.
You should start preparing before an evacuation order is issued.
If an evacuation order is issued for your area, make sure your home is secure and then leave immediately -- no matter how nice the weather is at the time. The seemingly long lead time is deceptive but is needed so that the large number of vulnerable West Central Florida residents can be evacuated before a hurricane strikes. If you live in a mobile home and an evacuation order is given, you must leave immediately.
Pack what you will need. Your destination -- friends, relatives, hotel, motel or evacuation shelter -- will certainly influence those needs.
Turn off electricity and water. If your appliances use natural gas from a transmission line, shut off valves at the appliances. If you use a storage tank, shut off gas at the main valve.
Take important papers with you, including insurance papers and identification with your local address. Proper identification will help you regain access to your neighborhood, home and possessions after the hurricane threat has passed.
Let friends and relatives know where you are going.
Be a good neighbor and lend a hand so that others are able to leave the area safely.
Friends or relatives
If you've made plans to stay with a relative or friend, make sure your destination is not within a zone that has been ordered to evacuate. Take enough supplies for your family.
If you're leaving the area, remember to take the supplies you will need. Follow the most direct route to safety. But remember, if the hurricane is coming from the east, some evacuation routes could take you directly into the storm. In that case, go to a Red Cross shelter
Here is a list of Red Cross shelters in your area that you can use if you are asked to evacuate your home.
A shelter should be your last resort in case of evacuation, but if you must go, here's what to take
Also see: Important paperwork to take
Do not take:
Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross
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