Preparing for Florence

ByMichelle Young WTVD logo
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

10 steps from the American Red Cross if you need to evacuate:

  1. Follow the instructions of officials and evacuate if told to do so.
  2. Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
  3. If you don't have a car, or can't use your vehicle, plan on how you will leave the area.
  4. If you have a car, keep the gas tank full if an evacuation order is possible. Don't let the tank go below half full in case gas stations are unable to pump gas.
  5. Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to find shelter information and weather and emergency alerts.
  6. If you have time, let someone outside of the region know you are evacuating and where you are going.
  7. Wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing.
  8. Be alert for road hazards such as downed trees, flooding, etc. Do not drive onto a flooded road.
  9. Make sure you have locations and maps saved on devices such as cell phones, GPS units and paper.
  10. Don't forget your pets. Prepare a phone list of pet-friendly motels and animal shelters located along your evacuation route. Keep in mind only service animals are usually allowed in shelters.