Property owners near storm surge zones know that having a proper emergency preparation and action plan is incredibly important during hurricane season. The following is some general advice given to those that may need to evacuate should a severe category storm come through and create a damaging surge near their home or office.
Have a mapped evacuation route to an adequately distant safe location. Locations may be family members, friends, hotel or a public shelter.
- Designate an emergency meeting location that is a safe distance away but not too encumbered by the potential for traffic congestion.
- If you have a family member that needs special assistance, contact emergency management services now to register that individual and get important evacuation information.
- Prepare an family emergency evacuation kit that includes extra cash, prescription medication, pairs of glasses, water, flashlights and any other item that you must have on a daily or every-other-day basis.
- Plan for your pet too.
- Follow evacuation orders given by state and local officials. This will alleviate chaos and ensure that time is not unnecessarily wasted.