One-Way Evacuation Operations - A Response to Hurricane Threats
One of the main responsibilities of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in emergency situations is to assist with planning and carrying out evacuations using the state's highways. These evacuations can
potentially involve relocating millions of people from a threatened area and seeing that they reach shelter in a safe, timely manner.
During hurricane season,
residents of coastal Florida
are particularly vulnerable
to the storm threat. This
Web site contains
information on the use of
One-Way plans that FDOT, the Florida
Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) would institute under certain conditions to evacuate coastal communities. Use this site to learn more about
One-Way evacuations and the
reverse-lane routes that have been planned for use in such emergencies.
Should a One-Way Evacuation operation be activated for your community, you will be advised through local radio and television stations. A good evacuation plan, however, is prepared well in advance. If you do evacuate, it is better to
leave early and go tens of miles, not hundreds of miles. Identify where local hurricane shelters are located. If you are planning to travel to the home of a family member or friend, plan ahead of time what you need to bring and
the best route to take to your
Remember, your needs and those of your family should be the primary factors considered when determining the timing of your evacuation. By its nature, an evacuation is not a fast or efficient process, especially when
thousands of motorists leave at the same time and traffic increases on major roads. Do not delay your departure in anticipation of a
One-Way Evacuation plan announcement, nor should you assume that
the plan will
alleviate traffic problems on your evacuation route.
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