Hurricane Evacuation How-To
Nature can be somewhat unpredictable. With the advent and improvement of forecast technology however, we have the ability to predict certain weather events in advance before they happen. Storm tracking, especially with tropical storms and hurricanes, is much better now than it was decades ago. Because of this, there's more time to consider options before a storm strikes. When it comes to hurricanes, there are a few options that can be considered for your safety:
- Staying indoors and waiting out a storm, preferably in a fortified part of the house such as a closet or bathroom.
- Going to the nearest storm shelter; many will be built in a way to provide additional safety that an average home couldn't.
- Evacuating inland to a safer area to avoid the storm. Evacuation routes are specifically built for this purpose.
Evacuation routes for tropical storms and hurricanes are typically marked with specific road signs. These tend to be more common around towns or cities close to the Gulf or Atlantic shoreline, and are there for your convenience. They assist in helping you figure out which routes to take to get you away from the storm in the event you feel the need to evacuate. In the event of a storm, whether you evacuate or not, it's always good to keep a storm kit on hand. Above all, your safety is what's most important.