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What should I do if I'm ordered to evacuate due to a hurricane?

Because of the destructive power of a hurricane, you should never ignore an evacuation order. Authorities will be most likely to direct you to leave if you are in a low-lying area, or within the greatest potential path of the storm. Be aware that most shelters and some hotels do not accept pets. If a hurricane warning is issued for your area or you are directed by authorities to evacuate the area:

  • Take only essential items with you. 
  • If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water. 
  • Disconnect appliances to reduce the likelihood of electrical shock when power is restored. 
  • Make sure your automobile's emergency kit is ready. 
  • Follow the designated evacuation routes—others may be blocked—and expect heavy traffic.

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