If You are Ordered to Evacuate
If you are ordered to EVACUATE, quickly secure your home and LEAVE IMMEDIATELY. Follow evacuation orders no matter what the weather looks like at the time. It may be sunny and calm when the evacuation order comes, but this lead time is NECESSARY to insure your safety. If you have any doubts about the order call (912) 267.5678.

Voluntary Evacuation
  • Destination and route is your choice - relative, friend, motel. Take items as listed below.

Mandatory Evacuation
  • Rarely issued, but must be adhered to immediately.
  • No choice in direction of travel, roads will be barricaded.
  • Take items as listed below.

Evacuating to a Friend or Relative's Home
If you plan to evacuate to a friend or relative's home, let family members and friends know where you are going and the phone number where you can be reached. If you are going to evacuation centers in host cities, check the information in your phone book concerning shelters and routes.

Evacuation to a Designated Reception Center
Follow the designated routes to the reception centers shown on the enclosed map or in the phone book. You will be expected to register as soon as you arrive at the reception center. You are required to keep the premises clean and sanitary. REMEMBER Baby diapers, adult diapers, and sanitary napkins are items that are forgotten most often, and are also the items that are the hardest to find during and after a disaster.

First, SECURE YOUR HOME by taking the actions listed for a HURRICANE WATCH and HURRICANE WARNING and shut off the gas valves.

In all cases, take the following items with you whether going to a motel, a friend or relatives home, or a shelter:

___Flashlight with extra batteries and a bulb.

___Blankets, pillow, and/or sleeping bag for each person.

___Extra clothing for each family member.

___Medication, such as insulin, blood pressure, etc. Bring enough for two weeks. Even after you get back, they may not be available.

___Infant support items such as formula, diapers, pins, baby foods, etc. Plan on enough for two weeks. They may not be available after you get back.

___Plastic containers of drinking water.

___Non-perishable food, such as canned goods and snacks.

___Personal items, toothbrush and paste, wash cloth, towel. Women should remember sanitary napkins. Adult diapers as needed.

___Any non-perishable foods needed for special diets.

___Non-destructive toys for children, games, and books.

___Do not bring alcoholic beverages, guns, or pets to the shelter.

If You Need Assistance
If you have a medical problem and will need assistance, call the Glynn County Health Department, office of Community Services and give them your name, address, and phone number NOW, not when the storm is approaching. Your name and address on the Agency's list will assure that you receive assistance in evacuating if the need should arise. The phone number for the agency is (912) 264.3961. If you change residence, please call and give the agency your new address.

If You Stay in Your Home
If you are not ordered to evacuate, stay inside your home. There are several actions you should take to insure your safety throughout the storm:

___While storm winds blow, STAY INSIDE. Keep a window cracked on the side AWAY from the wind. Be sure to close that window when the wind direction changes, and open one on the other side. Wind direction will change as the eye passes by.

___Do not use electrical appliances during the storm, you could be electrocuted.

___CONSERVE REFRIGERATION. Turn refrigerator and freezer to the coldest position. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly. Refrigerators and freezers will stay cold longer when filled with food and these precautions are taken. You will be advised where you can get ice if the emergency is prolonged. If resumption of electrical power is delayed, find a neighbor with a gas stove and cook your frozen food. Make sure there are no gas leaks.

___An emergency supply of water is even more important than food, especially for infants and the elderly. One gallon of water per person per day is the recommended minimum for drinking and food preparation. Use paper or plastic plates to eliminate the need of using water to wash dirty dishes.

___If the storm center passes your area, there will be a calm period or lull lasting from several minutes to a couple of hours. Wind and rain may cease completely, but do not be fooled. DO NOT GO OUT. DO NOT BE A CURIOSITY SEEKER. The wind will resume from the opposite direction, often with greater force than before. Wait for official word that it is safe for you to leave your home. Listen only to local radio stations for information. If you listen to stations in another town, the situations will be different and the information will be difference different.

___After the storm, be cautious of every move. Watch for wild animals and snakes that have been driven out of their refuge by the storm. Do not touch fallen or low hanging wires of any kind, under any circumstances. Avoid puddles with fallen wires in them. Watch out for weakened limbs, porches, bridges, and so forth, which might collapse. Keep strict supervision over your children during and following the emergency.