Evacuating Efficiently

Evacuations are sometimes necessary during disaster situations. When they become necessary, local officials in McKinney provide information to its residents. It is rarely certain how much time individuals will have to gather belongings and leave, so it is important to prepare.

Before & During an Evacuation

  • Keep your gas tank halfway full. This will ensure you can get a good distance away from the disaster area before having to stop again.
  • If you do not own a car, make arrangements with other family or friends
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take short cuts or alternate routes
  • Leave early enough to avoid severe weather
  • Do not drive into flooded areas or washed out roads. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown
  • Stay away from downed power lines
  • Always plan to take your pets with you, but be aware that only service animals may be allowed in public shelters

If there is time available:

  • Gather your Emergency Supply Kit or Go Bag
  • Wear durable shoes and clothing that provides some protection
  • Secure your home by locking doors and windows, unplugging non-essential appliances, leaving freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there’s a risk of flooding
  • Let others know where you are going

After an evacuation, only return to the disaster area when you are told it is safe.

Mandatory Evacuations

Texas State Government Code, Chapter 418 Section 185 outlines the mandatory evacuation process. Under this law, individuals are required to leave a disaster stricken or threatened area after a mandatory evacuation is issued by the governor, county judge or municipal mayor. More information about this law is available from the Texas state legislature.