Evacuation Routes

The committee has prepared a detailed map and directions from Cokesbury to the primary and alternate rally points as separate handouts.  There are two routes provided to each:  the highway route and the rural route.  You should decide carefully which type of route is best suited to the emergency at hand.  Here are some route factors to consider:

  • We have provided routes starting from Cokesbury Church only.You must pre-determine your own routes to the rally points if you may be caught somewhere else, such as at a workplace close to Washington D.C., or if your home is not near Cokesbury.
  • If the evacuation emergency occurs at the same time as a weather event such as a blizzard or hurricane, the highway route is recommended; you are least likely to find your way blocked by floods, trees, etc. if you are on the major roads.Major roads will remain open longer and be serviced sooner by road maintenance crews.
  • If weather is not a factor, the rural route may be the best choice.If huge numbers of people are evacuating at the same time, the main highways will become clogged to a standstill, or they may be closed by local authorities.  The carefully-researched back roads route will give you an advantage in movement over people that are caught unprepared and must stick to the highways.
  • Our routes are as detailed as possible, but information may get out of date without our knowledge.If you are a person that has any general difficulty with following maps or directions, it may be best to stick to the simplest:   the highway route.
  • You should take an opportunity to PRACTICE the rural routes in a non-emergency, especially if you have difficulty with navigation.

 Other Evacuation Rules

  • Close your car windows and air vents and turn off the heater or air conditioner.
  • If possible, continue to listen to your Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio station for updated information.
  • Pets are not permitted in public shelters

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