If a hurricane threatens your area, having a plan in place can reduce fear and anxiety.
One of the first steps is determining if you live in a storm surge evacuation zone. If you do, you need to decide where you would go and how you would get there.
If you live outside flood-prone areas, help your friends and family members who live in evacuation zones by offering your home as an evacuation destination.
If you live in an evacuation zone, make an evacuation plan and identify local resources for safe shelter.
The amount of time needed to evacuate depends on the size of the vulnerable population, high hazard areas, and transportation routes.
Be prepared for extremely heavy traffic with slow highway speeds and limited access to gas stations, restaurants, and restrooms. Residents in highly vulnerable areas should leave the area sooner than later.