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Checklist: What to do if you have to evacuate during a hurricane

People walk down a flooded street as they evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
People walk down a flooded street as they evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here’s your checklist if you have to evacuate:

  • Make sure your gas tank is full.
  • Prepare your vehicle for what could be a very long ride.
  • Stock your vehicle with necessities such as water, food, pillows and blankets, toiletries, current maps, baby supplies, pet supplies, prescription medicines, flashlights and extra batteries and cash.
  • Bring proper identification and proof of residency—your driver’s license, a utility bill or rent receipt — in case you need Red Cross or FEMA assistance.
  • Bring copies of key papers, such as insurance policies