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Evacuating to Safety

Preparing to Evacuate

  • Find out if your home is in an evacuation zone by viewing evacuation zone maps or by calling 2-1-1 and speaking with an operator.
  • If you live along the coast, keep your gas tank full and have a family plan.
  • Ensure your vehicle is ready for the trip and you have packed your emergency kit.
  • Know your evacuation routes and take a map with you.
  • Your mayor or county judge will make the call for your jurisdiction to evacuate.
  • Local officials will stagger the evacuation to keep traffic moving. Wait your turn to leave.
  • Secure your home before leaving. Take your pets with you.
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Evacuation Maps

The Texas Department of Transportation has hurricane information, evacuation maps and up-to-date road conditions available on their website

Along the Way

  • To view road conditions on Texas highways, visit TXDOT’s Road Conditions web site.
  • To view hurricane evacuation brochures (contraflow publications) in english and in spanish, visit TXDOT’s Hurricane Contraflow Publications web site.
  • To view San Antonio road condition information, visit TransGuide's web site.
  • Tune in. Listen to local radio or television for evacuation information.
  • Take only one vehicle to help lessen congestion and fuel demand.
  • Don’t trailer boats or campers. If you need to get them away from the coast, leave earlier.
  • Don’t carry extra fuel. It’s dangerous.
  • Carry an emergency kit in your car.
  • Motorists should turn off their ignition when stopped for a long time in traffic.
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  • During hurricane season, coastal residents should never operate their vehicles with less than half a tank of fuel.
  • Motorists should fill their tanks before evacuating.
  • TxDOT has worked with the private sector (Texas Oil and Gas Association and the Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association) to assure maximum-possible fuel availability during an evacuation.
  • Should fuel supplies become low, evacuees should look for TxDOT signs indicating key fuel locations.
  • TxDOT courtesy vehicles will be patrolling major evacuation routes.
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Key Telephone Numbers

  • The number to call for road conditions on state highways is 1-800-452-9292.
  • If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • For information on evacuation routes, shelters and special needs transportation, call 2-1-1.

Where to Go

Decide early where you will go when a hurricane threatens and make preparations. Your general objective should be to move away from the coast and well inland.
  • If you want to stay at a hotel or motel, make reservations as soon as possible. If you've previously stayed somewhere that was satisfactory, call that place.
  • For major cities, the local Convention and Visitors Center can usually provide you information on hotels and motels; many Convention and Visitor Centers can also be accessed through the Internet. In smaller towns, the local Chamber of Commerce can generally tell you what accommodations are available locally.
  • If you plan to stay with family or friends, call them in advance so they may plan for your arrival. If your plans change, be sure to inform the person with whom you intended to stay so that they don’t worry.
  • Let your family and friends know where you can be reached.
  • Make sure you choose an alternative destination in the event you are unable to get to your first choice.
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Public shelters provide temporary housing for evacuees. Most shelters do not have beds or cots, so you will probably be sleeping on the floor. So pack as if you were going camping. Bring:
  • Sleeping pads or air mattresses
  • Blankets or a sleeping bag for each person
  • Robe & shower shoes
  • Books, cards, games and QUIET toys for children
  • Note that alcoholic beverages, weapons, and drugs are not allowed in public shelters.
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  • Return only after the all-clear is given for your area.
  • Do not venture onto roads until you have been advised that they are passable and safe.
  • TxDOT will post staggered re-entry maps on
Remember that you can check out traffic websites anytime at the following links:
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