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Evacuate to where?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jaxsilkies, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. jaxsilkies

    jaxsilkies New Egg

    Jun 18, 2017

    I was hoping to get some advice from folks that have chickens in the southeast with a good hurricane evacuation plan. I've searched through the archives here but we really haven't had a very active hurricane season since 2004-2005. Hopefully I never have to leave but I want to be prepared.

    I have a small pony trailer that can move all of my chickens and ducks but I can't find any suitable places to go in Florida or nearby areas. We've got transporting figured out from going to chicken shows.

    Does anyone know of any parks or camping grounds that would allow us to park our trailer and RV? I can do without electric and water hook up.

    I've seen some FL counties (like the Ocala area) with provisions to deal with horses but no one addresses other farm animals.

    Thanks in advance...
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Hi @jaxsilkies :frow Welcome To BYC

    I'm sorry no one has replied.

    I'm glad to see that you have a way to evacuate if the occasion ever arises.

    Unfortunately, I don't know a thing about FL or what is available. Hopefully if you post your question on the Florida thread you can get some ideas. I'll also tag a couple of people that may be able to point you in the right direction.

    @sunflour , @N F C ?? Any suggestions?

    Florida thread-
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  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    Hello and :welcome, so glad you have joined us.

    I'm in Georgia and don't have the official answer you seek. And would bet the employees of the parks and camping areas won't have the answer either.

    Most people try to secure their livestock and hope they will be there when they return. But, I love my flock and pets as you do and congratulate you on your plans to take them with you if you have to evacuate.

    IMO research the areas you think would be the evacuation routes and have locations/maps ready - those vary by where a storm will hit. And if you do have to evaluate, to to the closest, safest one. I really doubt in a true emergency anyone would turn you and your "pets" away?

    We have had large numbers of folks come to Macon - not only from the GA and SC coast but also from FL for hurricane evacuation. Many with campers, trailers, travel homes just camp out at the Walmart parking lots......and no one hassles them. Maybe try a Tractor Supply parking lot? At least they will have feed for the animals:)

    You should consider posting an intro under the New Members forum for a proper welcoming:)
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  4. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    The thing about evacuating is that storms may make unexpected shifts in their paths. So you can't always plan ahead where to go. We lived in FL for many years, and experienced several evacuations, including Hurricane Floyd in 99, when 3 million people clogged the highways, many stuck in their vehicles during the storm, unable to move in the massive traffic jam. We have experienced going to an area and having to evacuate from there due to change of storm direction...I can't imagine doing any of this with a trailer full of chickens.
    Also, after all was said and done, we always came home to no damage at all and realized we could have stayed home. This certainly is not the case for everyone tho. Especially those living beachside. Everyone has to make their own decisions.
    We stopped evacuating because of all these types of uncertainties, and I was relieved to leave FL ten years ago, tho we now live in tornado alley.
    Anyway, good luck with everything, I hope you have a safe hurricane season....
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2017
  5. jaxsilkies

    jaxsilkies New Egg

    Jun 18, 2017
    Thanks everyone. I agree that leaving would only be under very specific circumstances. Cat4/5 likely to make a direct hit with enough notice to leave early enough to avoid getting stuck on the roads.

    Taking in account all of the responses, I think it's correct that planning this in advance isn't likely to work. Load up and go. The right size parking lot at a hotel might be good enough if I can keep the trailer far enough away from the rooms so the noise won't disturb someone. The Tractor Supply or RV-friendly Walmart parking lot idea is also very good to at least to get some sleep.

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