As summer approaches its end, many states are gearing up for hurricane preparedness. The most effective emergency pocket-size-guide not only includes evacuation routes, but also important information for travelers on the road. Here are three resources you should add to your guide that can help save lives and promote a streamlined, effective evacuation.
1. Alternate routes or safe havens. Many states utilize highways for evacuating large populations, but for those who have a harder time getting onto the highway, or when traffic and weather prevents that access, providing alternate routes can help people along. In addition, for those who might have limited travel capabilities, providing resources for their well-being can be paramount to reducing emergencies during the storm. Numbers or transportation options to emergency shelters can serve those who are not able-bodied or have the resources to travel.
2. Recommended packing list. Many people traveling by car. What should they have packed and prepared by the time they are ready to hit the road? From a repair kit for your car to extra flares, flashlights, and canned food, providing a simple emergency supply list will keep them safe while on the road.
3. Procedures when caught in a storm. Heavy rains and strong winds can leave people stranded on the road. Consider adding “what to do when...” procedures for when a storm makes it impossible to stay mobile. This could include tips on how and where to park your car, or how to find shelter for when a hurricane approaches. In addition, emergency contacts for when a vehicle is stuck, or when a family needs attention, will be important information to add to the map.
Overall, your pocket map can save lives by keeping people safe and calm when all this information is provided in one place. For help with your pocket map design, contact us.
September 03rd, 2015
by Mark Minoff