How to Make a Family Evacuation Plan
Storms can often be unpredictable, but there is no need to be afraid. In the event of a serious hurricane or other storm, you and your family may need to evacuate your home. When it comes to storms, you can never be too prepared. It’s highly recommended that your family takes a bit of time to come up with an evacuation plan in case of emergency.
The first thing you should do is figure out the best escape routes out of your home. It is recommended that you choose two ways to get out of each room in your home. Next, you’ll want to make a list of possible places you can go in case of emergency.
You should choose multiple locations depending on how far you’ll need to travel to get out of the danger zone. You may be able to stay within your town or you may need to travel hundreds of miles away. Choose destinations in different directions in case you can only go one way.
Make plans with family or friends who live in a nearby town or state. Contact them when a storm starts to let them know that there is a chance you might end up headed in their direction. Be sure to factor your pets into the equation and find somewhere they can go during an intense storm.
Although you won’t be able to have everything you need already packed, you can prepare an emergency kit ahead of time so you can grab it and go. When a possibly dangerous storm is announced, fill your vehicle’s gas tank so you can be ready to leave at a moment’s notice and not have to worry about running out of fuel.
As with many things in life, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If there’s a chance of an evacuation, you may want to get an early start and hit the road before everyone else. Even if you only go a couple hours away, you can always come back if things get better, and you’ll have a head start on other residents if you need to get out of harm’s way.
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