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First, you have to make sure you'll be able to safely travel on the roads.  So before evacuating, be sure to check your route using an app like Waze, and have an evacuation destination — whether you're headed to a friend's house or a shelter. 

 

find a shelter

Call shelters before you drive over, because some shelters may be at capacity. 

 

 

What to bring with you

1) Important documents, or copies of them

These include a list of medications, other medical records, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, and your deed or your lease. 

2) Medications

The Red Cross recommends bringing at least a 7-day supply of any medications you and your family are currently taking. 

3) 3 days of water per person, and some food (especially for dietary restrictions)

You want the food you bring to be primarily non-perishable. 

4) Family photographs and momentos

This depends on how much you can carry, but bring the important stuff. 

5) Cash ($200 per person, if you can spare it)

6) Battery-powered flashlight

7) First-Aid Kit, sanitation and hygiene items

8) Cell phones with chargers, and any backup batteries. 

 

really important questions, answered

What's the difference between volunteer and mandatory evacuation? 

Volunteer evacuations are just that: you can leave, if you want to, but probably ~should~ go ahead and get going. Mandatory evacuations means there is a risk of danger to people, property, and rescue workers. 

What about my pets? 

Red Cross shelters won't take pets, but they may be able to help you find a pet shelter they can go to.  Other shelters Wmay or may not take pets, you have to call to find out.