In addition to creating a disaster supply kit and knowing where to locate shelters in your community, arguably another important part of preparing for hurricane season is evacuation planning. Depending on where you are in an area, a number of factors may lead to an eviction.
According to the Ready.gov website, there are several steps you must take before eviction. Below are some of these.
Be aware of the type of disasters likely to affect your community and learn about local emergency, evacuation, and shelter plans for a specific disaster.
Get an idea of how to evacuate and where(s) you would go if you had to leave.
Reach out to local officials and what shelters are open this year. COVID-19 can have an impact on your city’s plans.
If you’re going to a community shelter, Ready.gov encourages people to follow the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect yourself and your family from the coronavirus.
For those with pets, find a place or places that accept animals. Most public shelters will only allow pets to be served.
Learn about other routes and understand other modes of transportation outside your community.
Always be sure to follow the advice of local officials and keep in mind that you may have to evacuate on foot depending on the disaster.
As a family, figure out a plan to connect if you’re going to break up. Know where you will meet and be sure to update it according to the situation.
Gather supplies for evacuation. Have a “travel bag” that you can carry when you leave on foot or by public transport. Also, make sure you have items for longer distances if you’re traveling in a car.
For those with a car, have a full fuel tank if it looks like you might have to evacuate. Make sure to keep half a tank in the car in case you evacuate at the last minute. During an emergency, gas stations may be closed and unable to deliver fuel due to a power outage.
Keep a portable emergency kit in your car.
If you don’t have a car, learn how to evacuate if the time comes. Come with your family, friends or your local emergency management office to see what resources are available.
While planning before an evacuation is key, there are also steps you should take during an evacuation as well. According to the Ready.gov website, these are listed below.
Download the FEMA app to see a list of open shelters during an active disaster in your community.
Listen to a battery-operated radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
Take your emergency kit.
Leave early enough to avoid falling into the harsh weather trap.
Take your pets with you but be aware that only service animals are allowed in public shelters.
If time permits:
Call or email the out-of-state contact on your family communications plan. Tell them where you are going.
Secure your home by locking and locking doors and windows.
Unplug electrical equipment such as radio, television, and small appliances. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding. If there is damage to your home and you are directed to do so, turn off the water, gas and electricity before leaving.
Leave a note telling others when you are leaving and where you are going.
Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that offers some protection, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a hat.
Check with neighbors who may need a ride.
Follow the recommended evacuation methods. Do not take shortcuts, they may be blocked.
Pay attention to road hazards such as bridges, collapsed roads, and broken power lines. Do not drive in flooded areas.
Once you’ve cleared the storm, contact local officials wherever you stay and back in your town before it hits the road, according to the Ready.gov website.
Also, consider these points below from Ready.gov.
If you are returning to disaster-affected areas, after important events prepare for disruption of daily activities and remember that returning home before storm debris clears is dangerous.
Tell friends and family before you leave and your arrival time.
Charge devices and consider getting spare batteries in case the power outages persist.
Fill up your tank and consider downloading a fuel app to check for interruptions along your route.
Bring supplies like water and non-perishable food for the ride.
Avoid broken power lines or utilities, you may be living with a potentially fatal electrical voltage. Stay away and report it to your electric company or utility immediately.
Only use generators outside and away from the home and never run a generator inside your home or garage or connect it to your home’s electrical system.