There are plenty of benefits to living by the water – in good weather. However, in the event of catastrophic conditions, it is important to have plans in place to make sure you can get away from the area safely and as quickly as possible. It is important for residents to be prepared and ready to evacuate immediately, but only if instructed to do so.
It’s important to have a plan with maps aimed at making evacuations easier. Experts spent three years using the most up-to-date engineering data to develop the new, interactive zone evacuation map. There are just four zones, and it’s simple to find yours online. Click here to get more information and here to know the routes.
Here’s a good checklist before you leave:
- Make sure you have a full tank of gasoline.
- Get cash out early, ATM service may become interrupted.
- Make plans to secure your property.
- Shut off power, water, and gas. A professional has to turn your gas back on.
- Take extra supplies with you (food, water, etc). You may be stuck in traffic for a long period of time.
- Bring a cell phone and your charger/car adapter.
- Carry all valuables and important documents in a waterproof container.
- If you are traveling with children, make sure they have plenty of snacks, toys, books, and movies to keep them entertained.
- If you are traveling with pets, be sure they have the necessary supplies and accommodations.
- Follow roads that emergency workers recommend, even if there’s traffic. Other routes might be blocked.
- If you are outside of the WNCT viewing area, log on to WNCT.com for the latest updates or download the First Alert Weather App for your smartphone.