1. Travel the shortest distance to reach safety. The further you travel more likely that you could encounter traffic jams, as well as increase the risk of an accident, especially during bad weather conditions.
2. Know your evacuation route. Map it out, and avoid traveling without a planned route and final destination; and select a plan B as a contingency.
3. Plan Accommodations. Before hurricane season, make arrangements with close friends and/or family who can accommodate you outside the evacuation zone should a storm be imminent, or search out and choose a hotel/motel outside of the vulnerable area; make a list of several.
If neither of these options is available, consider the closest possible public shelter, preferably within your local area.
4. Follow Recommendations And be Ready. Authorizes and government agencies go to great lengths to suggest evacuation routes, those that they know will be safe and expedient. Travel the route to become familiar with it so that you can navigate it during bad weather.
5. Stay Informed. Register with the local emergency management office to be advised when a threat is imminent, and to provide them with information of anyone in your home that may require special assistance.
6. Protect your Pets. They are your responsibility so as above plan for them as well; most public shelters do not accept pets.
7. Secure Your home. Board up doors and windows, remove loose objects from the yard, take down valuables from shelves and tables, and turn off all utilities.
9. Pack Wisely. Create an emergency check list. When bad weather comes it can happen fast and without warning, and in the chaos needed items are forgotten. So create a go-bag list; prescription medicines, basic first aid kit, baby diapers (if required), and glasses, for example.
10. When Traveling with RV, boat or Trailer. Traveling is slower and more cumbersome with these items, so get ahead of the crowd before the mass evacuation starts.
11. Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best. Nothing goes exactly according to plan, so make alternative contingencies for everything from driving route to accommodations. Plan for the travel to take longer than expected, and expenses to be more than planned.
14. Stay Tuned. Find a local or national radio station with updates and listen for specific instructions from local officials and emergency agencies, use a portable radio to monitor NOAA Weather Radio.
We have put these suggestions forth as some of the things you can do to be better prepared for weather disasters. We do not claim this to be an end all complete list and recommend you do further research pertinent to your own local areas.