GREENSBORO, N.C. — When it comes to evacuating for a hurricane planning and timing matters. What you do before and during, could make a difference when it comes to safely evacuating before the hurricane hits.
Often times, evacuation orders are set in place before a hurricane even days in advance.
You'll want to make sure you follow these evacuation guidelines.
- Listen to local media for alerts and emergency information.
- Fill your car with gasoline. Take only one vehicle to lower the amount of traffic.
- Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
- Plan where your family will meet and go. Tell family or friends of your plans.
- Map out your path, using travel paths listed by police.
- If possible, leave and go to a friend’s home in a safe area. Next, try a motel or hotel. As a last resort, go to a shelter. Remember, shelters are not made for comfort.
- Take your family’s and pet’s emergency kits. Bring key family papers.
- Bring extra cash. Banks may be closed, and cash tellers may not work.
- Lock doors and windows before leaving your house. Unplug radios, toasters, televisions and small appliances. Be sure to turn off water, gas and power.
- Ask neighbors if they need a ride.
In the event of an evacuation make sure you have what you need to leave your home. Here's a list of supplies that you should take with you.
EVACUATION ROUTES IN NORTH CAROLINA
You'll want to make sure you have this and know your own local evacuation route.
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