People who live in high-risk flood areas should always play it safe with evacuation even when there is a tropical storm threat. If you know your home does not have a lot of structural integrity, you will have to watch out for category 5 hurricanes that can completely level the home. People who are traveling via RV should consider evacuating most of the time. People with infants, elderly parents, or persons with special needs will have to play things safer. Those who want to bunker down should make sure you have everything prepared for the storm.
- People living on a barrier island or in a high-risk flood zone should always evacuate.
- Those with less stable homes (e.g., mobile homes) or vulnerable family members should strongly consider evacuating.
- For insurance purposes, anyone who stays should try to take photos or videos of their property both before and after the storm.
“If you choose to wait until an order for evacuation from officials, keep in mind that the traffic will be significantly heavier, and reaching safe accommodations will take much longer.”