If your city or municipality officials order a voluntary evacuation of the area it is up to an individual’s discretion whether or not to evacuate. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable in your home/workplace, you should evacuate.
Mandatory evacuations are designed to keep residents safe. In mandatory evacuation scenarios, residents must and shouldleave their homes and the area at risk.
Plan ahead, and ensure all members of the household are aware of the plan and capable of executing it.
Alert family members, neighbors, and local friends when you choose to evacuate to your planned destination. Communication can fail during disaster situations, so designate a person outside of the at-risk area to know what your plan is in case of communication failure.
Be aware of when the possibility of evacuation increases. If evacuation seems imminent or likely, make sure to keep a full tank of gas in your car. As you evacuate, try and keep your tank half full to prevent running low on congested roads.
Check other fluid levels in the car and tire pressure. Additionally, make sure the vehicle you are planning on taking is well maintained and capable of handling a long trip.