North Carolina Evacuation Routes and Travel Information During Adverse Weather

Before a Hurricane:

  • Determine safe evacuation routes inland
  • Learn the location of offical shelters
  • Make emergency plans for pets
  • Prepare your disaster supply kit
  • Buy plywood or other materials to protect your home
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspoutes
  • Trim trees and shrubbery
  • Decide where to move your boat in an emergency
  • Review your insurance policy

During a Storm:

When in a Watch area:

  • Listen frequently to radio and TV for bulletins of the stormís progress.
  • Fuel and service your vehicles
  • Inspect and secure mobile home tie-downs
  • Board up windows in case the storm moves quickly and you have to evacuate
  • Store lawn furniture and other loose, light-weight objects, such as garbage cans and garden tools
  • Have cash on hand in case the power goes out and ATMs donít work
  • Plan to evacuate if you live in a mobile or manufactured home, live on the coastline, or live in a high-rise

When in a Warning area:

  • Monitor offical weather bulletins on radio and TV
  • Close storm shutters
  • Follow instructions issued by local officials
  • If evacuating, leave as soon as possible
  • Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans
  • Take pets with you if possible, but remember, most public shelters do not allow pets other than those used by the handicapped

If staying at home:

  • Turn refrigerators to maximum cold and keep closed
  • Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Unplug small appliances
  • Fill bathtubs and large containers with water in case tap water is unavailable.  Use water in bathtubs for cleaning and flushing only.  Do NOT drink it.