An inability to properly evacuate can have serious, life-threatening consequences for vulnerable populations.

Prior to, during, and following extreme climate events such as hurricanes, flash flooding from severe storms, or tornados, residents often must be evacuated from their homes. An inability to properly evacuate can have serious, life-threatening consequences for vulnerable populations. Emergency preparedness planners work to develop strategies to swiftly and safely evacuate citizens. However, there are factors that create a challenge to the goal of swift and safe evacuation. These include the limitations of evacuating people who do not own a vehicle; elderly populations who may not drive, live independently or rely on medication and medical equipment; or disabled populations with special needs and mobility limitations.

Percent of Population With Disabilities in the Hurricane Evacuation Zone

 Counties shown are within the hurricane evacuation zone.

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Source: Disability data comes from the US Census 2015 American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates. Hurricane Evacuation zone information is provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.