There are three options:
Option A: Stay Home: However, before you choose this option, make sure you know your elevation. If we experience a storm that may put a significant storm surge in your home, you need to look at the other options. Also, people in manufactured and mobile homes cannot use this option. Mobile homes and manufactured homes are not built to withstand the high winds associated with tropical storms and hurricanes.
Option B: Stay with a friend or relative who has a safe place: If this is your plan, make arrangements in advance. You need to make sure that where you are going is safe. It defeats the purpose of evacuating if you go to an unsafe place.
Option C: Relocate out of the area: You may wish to travel out of harms way. Be sure to bring a road map and make sure that your car is full of fuel. Stay away from major bodies of water. Make arrangements in advance if you can. If you decide to use this option, go early, traffic will be heavy if you leave at the last minute, and you may not make it to your destination.
Using public shelters is another option. However, due to the location of many shelters, they may not be able to be opened. You should not plan on using a shelter if at all possible. It should only be a last resort. Keep in mind that pets are not allowed in shelters.
Whatever option you decide to exercise, make sure you bring at lest 72 hours worth (a week's worth is preferable) of food, water, clothing, medicines, and other necessities that you might need. If you decide to bring your pet, you must prepare a plan for your pet as well.