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Hurricane Season - Safety Tip #5
Before an Evacuation please;
* Learn the types of disasters that are likely in your community and the local emergency, evacuation and shelter plans for each specific disaster.* Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate.* Check with local officials about what shelter spaces are available for this year. Coronavirus may have altered your community’s plans.* If you evacuate to a community shelter, follow the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and your family from possible Coronavirus: people over 2-years-old should use a cloth facial covering while at these facilities.* Be prepared to take cleaning items with you like cloth face coverings, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes or general household cleaning supplies to disinfect surfaces.* Maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and people who aren’t in your immediate family.Identify several places you could go in an emergency such as a friend’s home in another town or a motel. Choose destinations in different directions so that you have options during an emergency.* If needed, identify a place to stay that will accept pets. Most public shelters allow only service animals.* Be familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.Always follow the instructions of local officials and remember that your evacuation route may be on foot depending on the type of disaster.* Come up with a family/household plan to stay in touch in case you become separated; have a meeting place and update it depending on the circumstance.* Assemble supplies that are ready for evacuation. Prepare a “go-bag” you can carry when you evacuate on foot or public transportation and supplies for traveling longer distances if you have a car.
If you have a car:
* Keep a full tank of gas if an evacuation seems likely. Keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case of an unexpected need to evacuate. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. * Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.* Make sure you have a portable emergency kit in the car.* If you do not have a car, plan how you will leave if needed. * * Decide with family, friends or your local emergency management office to see what resources may be available.
For more information please visit Ready or visit their website; https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes#prepare.