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​Your Vehicle Emergency Plan

To be able to respond quickly in any disaster, your emergency planning should address every possible scenario. Many times, an emergency may occur while you’re driving, or you may need to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

In these situations, it’s important to have an emergency plan for your vehicle. Below are some key points to consider as you prepare your vehicle emergency plan:

  • Keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car. This kit should contain food, water, first aid supplies, and other supplies.
  • Have an emergency plan ready for communicating and getting back together with your family if you are separated during a disaster.
  • Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies, and you may be unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
  • If you are evacuating in your vehicle:
      • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather or poor air quality.
      • Follow recommended evacuation routes (avoid shortcuts as they may be blocked).
      • Watch out for downed power lines and washed-out roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas.