Disaster Resources

Protect Your Family

When community evacuations become necessary, local officials provide information to the public through the media. In some circumstances, other warning methods, such as sirens or telephone calls, also are used. Additionally, there may be circumstances under which you and your family feel threatened or endangered and you need to leave your home, school, or workplace to avoid these situations.

Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Hundreds of times each year, transportation and industrial accidents release harmful substances, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes. Fires and floods cause evacuations even more frequently. Ask local authorities about emergency evacuation routes and see if maps may are available with evacuation routes marked.

To Access Your Funds In Case of a Disaster:

Your debit card can be used at any ATM which display the ACCEL or STAR network.

To find a credit union or ATM visit the following websites:

Evacuation Guidelines:


  • Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
  • Make transportation arrangements with friends or your local government if you do not own a car.
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
  • Gather your family and go if you are in- structed to evacuate immediately.
  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
  • Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges. Do not drive into flooded areas.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.

If Time Permits:

  • Gather your disaster supplies kit.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a cap.
  • Secure your home:
    • Close and lock doors and windows.
    • Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances, such as toasters and microwaves. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding.
  • Let others know where you are going.

Contact Agencies for assistance in a disaster call or visit:
FEMA www.fema.gov 1(800) 621-FEMA (3362)
1 (800) 462-7585 (TTY)for people with speech or hearing disabilities

American Red Cross Upstate SC
940 Grove Road Phone: 864-271-8222
Greenville, SC 29605 Fax: 864-282-8662