An inability to properly evacuate can have serious, life-threatening consequences for vulnerable populations.
Prior to, during, and following extreme weather and climate events such as hurricanes, flash flooding, or tornadoes, residents may need to evacuate 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 challenges to swift and safe evacuation. These include the limitations of evacuating people who do not own a vehicle; elderly populations who may not drive, who live independently, or who rely on medical equipment; and populations with special needs and mobility limitations.
Percent of Population With Disabilities and Hurricane Evacuation Routes
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Roll over a county to view more details.Source: Disability data comes from the US Census 2018 American Community Survey 5 Year Estimates. Hurricane Evacuation zone information is provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.