The mayor or county judge are authorized to call for a mandatory
evacuation of the city if conditions warrant. If an evacuation is called
for you must leave the area following the prescribed evacuation routes. Evacuation orders will be publicized in the local media. For this reason
it is important that you stay tuned to the radio or television news
anytime a hurricane threatens. Hurricanes are known to change course and
intensities quickly. For your safety stay alert.
Remember that it can truly be a matter of life and death. If staying in a home, adhere to the following recommendations:
Only stay in a home if you have not been ordered to leave.
Stay inside a well-constructed building. In structures, such as a home,
examine the building and plan in advance what you will do if winds
become strong. Strong winds can produce deadly missiles and structural
Turn refrigerator to maximum cold and open only when necessary.
Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities.
Turn off propane tanks.
Unplug small appliances.
Fill bathtub and large containers with water for sanitary purposes.
If winds become strong, make sure to adhere to the following:
Stay away from windows and doors even if they are covered. Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway.
Close all interior doors. Secure and brace external doors.
If you are in a 2-story house, go to an interior 1st-floor room, such as a bathroom or closet.
If you are in a multiple-story building and away from the water, go to
the first or second floors and take refuge in the halls or other
interior rooms away from windows.
Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.