Local government officials issue evacuation orders when disaster threatens or a hazardous event has occurred. Listen to local radio and television reports when disaster threatens. If local officials ask you to leave, do so immediately; they have a good reason for making this request.

What to do?

  • Coordinate your evacuation plan in advance when creating your family’s disaster plan. Ensure that you’ve tested the evacuation routes and that you have planned several in the instance of closed roads and routes.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and sturdy shoes so you can be protected as much as possible.​

  • Take your disaster supplies kit.​

  • Take your pets with you; do not leave them behind. Because pets are not permitted in public shelters, follow your plan to go to a relative’s or friend’s home, or find a “pet-friendly” hotel.​

  • Lock your home.​

  • Use travel routes specified by local authorities — don’t use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.​

  • Stay away from downed power lines.