What happens if I stay in town during a mandatory evacuation order?

Mandatory evacuation orders are issued to save the lives of residents as well as first responders. If you choose to ignore the mandatory evacuation order, be prepared to be self-sufficient during, and for the first 72 hours after, a storm. High winds during storms prohibit travel of emergency response vehicles and debris following storms may also prevent travel. In addition, mandatory evacuations also include closure of hospital facilities. This means medical care is unavailable until after evacuation orders are lifted. Be prepared to be without electrical power as well.

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1. What is the difference between a tropical storm watch and warning?
2. What are the categories of hurricanes and what do they mean?
3. What can I do to prepare for a storm?
4. Who has the authority to issue an evacuation order?
5. What are the evacuation routes?
6. Can I evacuate before an evacuation order?
7. What local agency leads during hurricane season?
8. What are the best sources of information during a storm?
9. What if I need a shelter during a storm?
10. What if I need transportation to a shelter?
11. What happens if I stay in town during a mandatory evacuation order?
12. What do I do if my house loses power?