Emergencies, like hurricanes, happen fast and often require you and your family to evacuate your home to reach safety. In recognition of Hurricane Preparedness Week, we wanted to share some tips on how to find your evacuation route ahead of time, so should you need to evacuate in a hurry you're ready to go.
First you need to know your hurricane zone. You may need to go to your state or county’s website to find this out. If you’re not sure what that is, you can simply type phrases like “What’s my hurricane zone?” Or “[insert state] hurricane evacuation route” into your search engine. Once you get there, you can navigate to your state or county’s page to find the route. (If you see things like “Emergency Planning”, or “County Evacuation Route”, or “County Evacuation Zones”…you’re in the right place!)
You can follow this link to check out evacuation routes by state and county:
NOAA Hurricane Evacuation Routes
Why would you need an evacuation route?
Hurricanes have a lot of risks. Things like…
- Flooding and inundation
- Storm surges
- Power outages
- High winds
- and more.
Some are more severe than others. And depending on your zone, your home can become extremely unsafe, extremely quickly. It's best to know your evacuation route ahead of time, have a hard copy mapped out, printed and stored in your emergency kit in case communication lines are down. And maybe even practice driving it once or twice if you have the time.
Have more questions about finding your evacuation route? No problem. Feel free to contact us directly, we've got you covered.
If you have additional questions, send them our way!