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Steps to take during a severe weather emergency
The official start of spring is almost here, which means that soon it will be hurricane and tornado season for many parts of the country. Being unprepared for such extreme weather can land you and your car in hot water, so it's best to have an evacuation plan ready. Here are some car travel tips and car safety tips on steps to take during a severe weather emergency.
If the weather is bad enough to force a community-wide evacuation, you can expect to spend some extended time away from home. Because of this, you should organize an emergency kit of supplies that's ready to go at a moment's notice. Common items include non-perishable foods, emergency money and credit card, cell phone charger, flashlight, first aid kit, spare clothing and batteries.
Have a destination
During a hurricane or tornado, it's ideal to know exactly where you're headed when evacuating, according to Weather.com. Be aware of the locations of local shelters and emergency relief centers. You might also want to arrange to drive to a nearby friend or relative's home that's out of the storm's path.
As the winds and rain kicks up, you may encounter obstacles in the road such as large puddles, live power lines or downed tree limbs. If you come across any of these roadblocks, don't try to push through them. Instead, find another way around. Even shallow water can stall a car's engine, and electrical wires can trap you and your family inside your car.