If you’re on the Eastern Seaboard, from South Carolina to Massachusetts, there’s a good chance you’re tracking Hurricane Joaquin right now. And if you’re one of the thousands of people who could be affected by the stormy weather and heavy rainfall, keep these tips from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in mind:
If you know the storm’s heading your way, don’t wait for an official evacuation order. Leave as soon as possible to get a jumpstart on both traffic and worsening weather.
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To minimize the amount of time you spend traveling, select the evacuation destination that’s nearest to your home.
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You’re probably not the only one trying to get out of Dodge, so plan for traffic and congestion on your exit route. Be patient and remember that everyone has the same goal you do: safety.
If you’re headed to a hotel, be aware that inland hotels could book up fast. Make a reservation before you hit the road.
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Use a shelter as a last resort.
Because shelters are uncomfortable and usually don’t take pets, check in only as a last resort. If at all possible, stay with family, friends, or at a hotel.
And if you’re driving when the storm hits, read our insight on how to keep yourself and your car safe.
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This blog was first published on August 25, 2011.