It’s all coming together. Your basic needs are met by your emergency kit, your house is in great hands, and your kids are brave as hell. Now it’s time for some hurricane prep drills for practice!
We’ve talked about both sheltering in place and evacuating. You should
When planning your evacuation routes, note the official evacuation routes and check the map for additional routes that could help you evacuate more quickly in the event of blocked roads or increased traffic. Write all of your evacuation options and routes in order of preference in your emergency plan and make sure the entire family is aware of the details.
All Hands on Deck
If you’re delegating tasks to your family, it’s a good idea to practice before it’s a life and death situation. Write your full emergency plan and create individual bullet point lists for each family member so they can maintain all of their tasks during the crisis. Copies of both the full plan and each individuals’ responsibilities should be kept in each emergency kit.
Your personal plan will dictate how your drill runs, but do make sure everyone in the family knows where the emergency kits are, and that they are only for use during emergencies. Do a dry run of your home protection plans before completing an evacuation drill. Practicing while there is no imminent threat will make your family feel more confident in a crisis.
Leave When It’s Time to Leave
To absolutely drive the point home, we will say it again: if local officials tell you to leave, abandon all plans to shelter in place. Don’t try to ride out a hurricane if your location is deemed unsafe. If your area floods, you may need to wait much longer for rescue than your emergency supplies will allow, and any injury or sickness could become fatal while you wait for rescue. Do not take the chance. Evacuation may be inconvenient, but it’s truly better to be safe than sorry. And if you’re already amenable to it, don’t wait for an order to evacuate; leaving early can help you beat the rush and keep anxiety levels low.