How should I prepare for an evacuation?
Prepare a disaster supplies kit and pack it in your vehicle. Make sure your car is in good repair and full of gas. Secure your home:
- Turn off the gas, water, and electricity
- Board up the windows and draw drapes across them
- Brace garage doors; bring in or secure any loose objects in the yard
- Lock all windows and doors
- If you have a boat, secure it on a trailer near your house and fill it with water.

Make arrangements for pets before you leave; most public shelters, and many hotels and motels do not allow them.

Leave a note telling where you plan to go. Designate an out-of-area contact that family and friends can call to get information on your whereabouts. Finally, designate a meeting point for your family should you get separated.

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1. Am I at risk from a hurricane?
2. How will I know when to evacuate?
3. What can I do to prepare for a storm?
4. How should I prepare for an evacuation?
5. What if I have small pets?
6. What if I need help to evacuate?
7. How long will it take to evacuate?
8. Where should I go?