A Guide to Protecting Your Family
Each hurricane season, review, practice and
update your Family Plan. You will need to
know your evacuation zone, obtain emergency
supplies, and take steps to protect your home.
Remember to make plans for friends or family
members with special needs, including your
pets. Everyone, children included, should
have a role.
Check the maps inside this guide to see which evacuation zone you live in. This will determine when and if you need to evacuate during a storm. Remember: Most mobile home residents must evacuate, regardless of location. You should plan now where to evacuate your family. Make arrangements to stay with friends or relatives who live in a hurricane-safe zone. Have ready food, water and musthave supplies (see page 10). If you evacuate to an inland hotel, ask about special hurricane policies. Most importantly, make sure your destination is NOT in an evacuation zone.
LEAVING THE AREA
Leave as early as possible. Have an alternate route planned. If flying, prepare for airport closings and/or canceled flights. Remember, storms can change direction quickly and without warning, so be careful and avoid driving directly into a storm’s new path. Tune to our Radio Partners (listed on page 2 of this guide) to stay informed on traffic conditions.
An evacuation shelter should be your last resort. Keep in mind, different shelters may open at different times, depending on size and intensity of a storm. Do not go until an official announces a specific shelter has opened. Expect shelters to be crowded and uncomfortable.
- Be sure to bring:
- Pillows and blankets or sleeping bag
- Special dietary foods, water and prescription medicines
- A change of clothes and personal hygiene items
- Flashlight, radio and extra batteries
- Infant necessities and quiet toys for children
- Important papers
- Note: Alcohol and firearms are not allowed; most shelters will not allow pets.
- IF YOU MUST EVACUATE
- Do not panic if an evacuation order is given. Make sure you give yourself enough time to leave before the weather turns bad.
- DO NOT take chances with your life.
- Turn off your electricity, water and gas if officials tell you to do so.
- Lock windows and doors.
DO NOT TAKE CHANCES
WITH YOUR LIFE.
IF YOU DO NOT EVACUATE
Make sure windows are protected and home is secured. Clean containers for drinking water and your bathtub for storing clean water. Plan on three gallons per person, per day for all uses. Offer your home to friends or relatives who need to evacuate. Have at least a two-week supply of nonperishable foods, including a nonelectric can opener and corded nonelectric phone.
Every business also should have a Disaster Plan. For a guide, contact your local emergency management agency, Chamber of Commerce or go to www.sba.gov/content/disaster-planning