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The first step of a successful hurricane evacuation is understanding how COVID-19 spreads and what you need to do to protect yourself. 

BEFORE EVACUATING:

  • When staying in a hotel, check to see if the facility’s website includes information about cleaning procedures specific to preventing the spread of COVID-19. If it does not, call and ask. You can also inquire about any policies put in place for hotel staff to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Hotels may be running at limited capacity due to COVID-19, be sure to book in advance, and call ahead.
  • Keep a cloth face covering in your vehicle to wear in public places.
  • Pack alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Have your emergency kit stocked and ready to go.
  • Bring snacks and beverages for your trip to help limit unnecessary stops along the way.

**Your emergency kit should include COVID-19 basics such as cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, extra face coverings, and enough food and water for 3-5 days**

WHILE TRAVELING:

  • Make sure to wear a face covering when stopping for gas, food, or restroom breaks.
  • Maintain physical distance when making stops. This includes while you are waiting in line and when walking pets at rest stops.
  • When possible, wash your hands after leaving a public place, pumping gas, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Do your best to avoid crowded restaurants, play areas, rest stops, and outdoor spaces. If stopping at these locations are the best option for you, be sure to maintain physical distance from those outside of your traveling party.

WHEN YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR EVACUATION DESTINATION: 

  • Maintain physical distance at check-in and while walking through the hotel.
  • Disinfect high touch surfaces, which includes light switches, doorknobs, faucets, toilet handles and the television remote.
  • Consider limiting or opting out of daily housekeeping service to reduce the number of people entering your room.
  • If needing fresh towels/linens or other products, consider calling the front desk and ask for delivery.
  • Choose room service or grab-and-go options rather than sit-down dining, if possible.
  • If you choose to use hotel amenities such as the pool or gym, maintain a distance of at least six feet from those not in your traveling party.
  • Don’t share items that are difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect or that are meant to come in contact with the face (for example, goggles, nose clips, and snorkels) and don’t share items such as pool toys with others outside of your traveling party.

DO YOU NEED ASSISTANCE EVACUATING CHATHAM COUNTY DURING A HURRICANE?

  • If you need assistance, Chatham County’s Evacuation Assembly Area (EAA) is a government service available to you.
  • During a Mandatory Evacuation Order, all Chatham County residents (and visitors) can catch a Chatham Area Transit (CAT) bus, free of charge, to the Savannah Civic Center.
  • Riders will need to use the standard CAT routes, which can be found on their website: www.catchacat.org. Bus routes will be spaced out to assist with physical distancing at the EAA.
  • Upon arrival at the Civic Center, residents will be required to physically distance from those not in their family and will be given a surgical mask. Masks are required for EVERYONE over the age of two.
  • Everyone will be registered and then directed to board a particular bus. Buses will only be filled at half capacity to provide space for riders to remain physically distanced.
  • Buses are sent in groups to a pre-identified county for safe shelter.
  • There will be no parking allowed in the vicinity of the Civic Center.
  • DO NOT expect to board a bus if you drive to the Civic Center.
  • This mode of evacuation is for residents with no other means of transportation and should be considered as a last option.
  • Only two hand-carry bags are allowed per person.
  • Pets ARE allowed to come, HOWEVER: Pets will be loaded on to a different bus and taken to an animal specfic shelter. They will be safe, but they will not be with you.