Your needs and those of your family should be the primary factors considered when determining the timing of your evacuation. Do not delay your departure in anticipation of the opening of any hurricane or contraflow lanes.
Everyone should prepare a plan for evacuation will in advance of any storm.
The following steps are recommended before the storm:
- Assemble your disaster supplies kit with items such as flashlights, cell phones, extra batteries, battery chargers, portable radio, first aid kit, emergency water and food, medical supplies and equipment, manual can opener, highway map, important documents such as insurance and medical information etc.
- Secure your home against disaster to help reduce damages. Cover windows with shielding materials. Secure or put up any loose objects from around your home.
- Make provisions for pets
- Know your area's evacuation plan/routes before you leave home.
- Fill your vehicle with gas as early as possible. Take only the vehicle necessary to transport you and your family to safety. Extra vehicles create congestion.
- Bring extra cash in the event that banks are closed and ATM machines are inoperable.
- Notify family and friends (especially those out of the area) of your plan and your destination.
- Develop an emergency plan in case family member are separated from one another, e.g., instruct all evacuating family members on the name and contact information of your designated out-of-area friend and family.
- Ensure children know how and when to call 911.
- Evacuate, traveling safely to you destination.
- Expect travel times to destinations to be significantly longer than normal.
While on the road:
- State law requires motorists to move fender-bender accidents out of the travel lanes to the shoulder of the road. To keep all travel lanes and shoulders clear, however, all disabled vehicles on the shoulder will be relocated to the next exit ramp where further assistance may be available.
After the storm:
- Listen to local officials for the all-clear signal before returning home. Check for information on KRISTV.COM or using social media: Facebook (KRIS 6 News) or Twitter (@KRIS6News).
- Remember, do not try to drive through standing water. Just a few inches of water can float an automobile.