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When to Evacuate and When to Stay

In the event of a natural disaster, chaos is almost sure to ensue. Evacuation orders are followed by bumper to bumper traffic and a plethora of closed roads. Orders to stay are met by rushes to the local supermarket to get as much food and water as you can afford. No matter what, people put themselves and their families in front of everyone else during a life-threatening situation. However, it isn’t uncommon for people to be overconfident in their own discretion in the event of a storm.

Decided whether to evacuate or stay is not a choice that should be made by the householder. You may believe that a natural disaster is not going to affect you, however, you can never be 100% sure what will happen with Mother Nature. No matter how sturdy your house or how often someone assures you that storms never hit in your local area, if an evacuation order is issued on the news then the best course of action is to evacuate. Travel lightly and get to a safer place as soon as possible.

However, sometimes the order is not to evacuate but rather to stay put within your home. If this is the case, it is important to try to stay away from any potential flying debris and/or windows that can easily break when met with high speed winds. Try to listen to the radio or television for any potential updates on the hurricane and wait until an official message that the storm is over is broadcast to go outside.

Remember, in the event of a natural disaster, the experts know best.