4. Know Your Evacuation Route. Get informed about where you will need to go, as well as what to take, if there is a disaster. In many communities, government websites may have useful information. You’ll want to know in advance which shelter to go to, especially if you have pets as not all shelters can accommodate animals. An evacuation order should never be ignored. If a mandatory evacuation order is given and you choose not to heed it, local rescuers will not be able to help you until the storm threat is over. Bear in mind that you may need more time to evacuate if you have a pet or are responsible for an elderly person or someone who is disabled.