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Listen regularly to your local radio or television stations when the threat of tropical storms or hurricanes exists. Pay close attention when such storms threaten your local area. If it appears that a storm may affect the local area, local officials may order or recommend that residents evacuate and also provide instructions about what people in those areas should do. Be ready to follow the instructions given by local officials. Because it takes time to evacuate heavily populated areas, evacuations may be recommended well before the storm makes landfall.
Public shelters are austere facilities that provide temporary housing for evacuees. Most shelters do not have beds or cots, so you will probably be sleeping on the floor. So pack as if you were going camping. Bring:
Alcoholic beverages, weapons, and drugs are not allowed in public shelters.
Stopping for food or drinks during a large-scale evacuation may significantly delay you in getting to your destination. Some restaurants and stores along hurricane routes may be closed and those that are open are likely to be very crowded. Additionally, once you leave the evacuation route to purchase food or drinks, it may be difficult to re-enter the flow of traffic.
Check on friends and neighbors to make sure they have transportation or to see if they need help in getting essential items together so they can be ready to evacuate. Assist them if you can. If you cannot, help them get in touch with the local emergency management office.
Decide early on where you will go when a hurricane threatens so that you can make preparations. Your general objective should be to move away from the coast and well inland.
Keep in mind that both tropical storms and hurricanes often produce torrential rains and tornadoes well inland. If you plan to stay in an RV or trailer, you might want to avoid campgrounds located adjacent to streams and rivers or whose only access is via a low water crossing. And you may want to seek a campground that has some sort of stout building that could be used as a tornado shelter.
There is no longer a Hologram program. Re-entry will be determined on a case-by-case basis following initial assessment of the City. Safety considerations will be paramount, and arrangements will be made if any area of town is restricted.
If any additional businesses or personnel are needed to get essential city services operational before the Mandatory Evacuation order is lifted, we will use all media forms (as identified below) to disseminate who is eligible to return to the City.
There will also be detailed information updates about the incident, safety messages, advisories, etc. Our goal is to quickly assess critical infrastructure, such as water pressure, potable water, street accessibility, electric power grid, fuel, hospitals, major industry with hazardous material, critical governmental services, etc. If the infrastructure can support citizens returning, our goal is to allow re-entry as quickly as possible. If a particular area is unsafe, re-entry to that area may be limited to essential personnel as noted above.
If you return without permission, you are only delaying the assessment and hindering street clearing, power restoration, adequate water pressure, etc. It slows the recovery and essential restoration process.
The City of Beaumont does not distribute sandbags on a routine basis. However, in the event a "Voluntary Evacuation Order" is issued, or a localized heavy flooding impact threatens, there may be temporary availability of a limited number of empty sandbags for each household. Instructions on how to obtain those sandbags and the process for filling them would be publicized during the time of availability