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Evacuation Directions & Guidelines

You Should Evacuate Under the Following Conditions

  • If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
  • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters are particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground.
  • If you live in a high-rise building—hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.
  • If you feel you are in danger.

Take These Items when Evacuating

  • Prescription medication and refill information
  • Other medical supplies
  • Important documents: including driver's license, Social Security Card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.
  • Bedding, including sleeping bags and pillows
  • Clothing, including rain gear
  • Bottled water, first aid kit, flashlights
  • Battery operated radio with extra batteries
  • Car keys and maps
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
  • For a complete list of Evacuation Supplies see our longer Hurricane Survival Kit.

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