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have a safe evacuation planPlan an evacuation route well in advance. This plan should include information on the safest evacuation routes and nearby shelters. Learn safe routes inland. Be ready to drive 20 to 50 miles inland to locate a safe place and remember roads and interstate highways will be crowded.

Prepare your disaster supplies kit. One of the most important tools for emergency preparedness is your disaster supplies kit. You'll need provisions to carry you through a week or more after the storm. Stock up today; store them in a water-resistant container; and replenish as necessary, especially at the beginning of the hurricane season - June1.

Develop an emergency communications plan. In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.

Make sure that all family members know how to respond after a hurricane. Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water. Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or fire department and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.

For more information:
Hillsborough County Evacuation Information

FEMA Life Safety and Evacuation Information