USA Evacuation Routes


Dial 511 for road conditions.  If you are disabled call 211 or the Easter Seals at 1-800-221-6827.  This link goes to differently abled information.

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How to find evacuation routes and emergency information

The best way to get evacuation updates is to listen to the radio, the TV, or to call the state police. Dial 511 for evacuation information, or if you are disabled call 211 or the Easter Seals at 1-800-221-6827. For a general overview map of national highway evacuation routes - see page 17 from the FHWA report. It also details highway evacuations in selected metropolitan areas. Emergency preparedness information is often located on state or local government sites under either health & safety, transportation, or current /local residents. Many evacuation routes appear to be by county. During an ongoing emergency it may be faster to use a search engine under the news tab to search news and media websites such as USA Today etc. It is common for evacuation maps to be updated during the emergency, and distributed by news websites. You can also download emergency preparedness apps for your phone (such as the FEMA app). Do not let your gas tank get less than half full during your evacuation.


State by state evacuation information
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Basic Nationwide Evacuation Resources





Disability Resources for Emergencies

Emergency Phone Numbers





Additional Information

Traveling with animals and pets.

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State Evacuation Resources


*47 state trooper posts a cellular telephone network providing direct access to Alabama state trooper posts.

888-588-2848 (toll-free) or 334-353-6650 current road conditions
DHS:(334) 956-7250

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Phone numbers for Alaska

Road conditions 511;800-478-7674 (in Alaska); 866-282-7577;907-456-7623

ST: 1-800-240-2019

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Phone numbers for Arizona

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information 511 or 888-411-7623

Emergency Mngmt (800) 411-2336 by county


State trooper:602-223-2000

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Phone numbers for Arkansas

Road conditions 800-245-1672 or 501-569-2374


State trooper:501-618-8000 or (501) 618-8800 ,Emergency Communications Center (ECC) at 1-501-661-2136, or 1-800-633-1735.

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Phone numbers for California

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information

511 (San Francisco Bay Area) or 916-445-7623


State trooper: (916) 657-7261

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Phone numbers for Connecticut

800-443-6817 (in Connecticut) or 860-594-2650

DHS:860-256-0800 OR 800-397-8876

State trooper: (860) 685-8441

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Phone numbers for DC



Law Enforcement:(202) 727-9099

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Phone numbers for Florida



State police:800/459-6553 (Florida only)

Florida's Turnpike Public Information Offices Toll Free: 1-800-749-7453

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Phone numbers for Hawaii



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Phone numbers for Idaho

Road conditions 888-432-7623


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Phone numbers for Illinois

Road conditions 800-452-4368 or 312-368-4636

Department of Human Services 1 800-843-6154
For prerecorded Interstate Road Construction information, please call 1 - 800 - 452 - IDOT (4368)

DHS:217-524-1486, 217-785-0229

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Phone numbers for Indiana

Road conditiaons 800-261-7623 (December-March)


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Phone numbers for Iowa

Road conditions 511 or 800-288-1047

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information




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Phone numbers for Kansas

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information

511 or 800-585-7623 (in Kansas) 


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Phone numbers for Kentucky

511 or 1-866-737-3767 road assistance

State police 1-800-222-5555, KSP MISSING PERSONS HOTLINE 1-800-543-7723

KY State Police Road/Weather Information - 1-866-737-3767

Kentucky Community Response Board 1(888) KCCRB-28 / (888) 522-7228 / 24 hours a day


1610 AM Louisville

Radio Lexington online

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Phone numbers for Louisiana

Road conditions 511 or 1-888-762-3511

Louisiana Road Closure Hotline: 800-469-4828 (toll-free)

(225) 925-6626 road closures,

(225) 379-1232 Dept of transportation

Emergency Directors by parish

HLS: 800-256-7036 (toll-free)

or 225-925-7500

New Orleans Police Department 504-821-2222

City Information in New Orleans (877) 286-6431

New Orleans City Hall Operator: (504) 658-4000


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Phone numbers for Maine

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information or You may also access the system from out of state by dialing


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Phone numbers for Maryland

Road conditions 800-327-3125 or 800-541-9595 or 410-582-5650



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Phone numbers for Massachusetts

Road conditions 857-368-4636

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Phone numbers for Michigan

Road conditions 800-381-8477

State police (517) 332-2521, (517) 333-2700 



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Phone numbers for Minnesota

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information or 800-542-0220



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Phone numbers for Mississippi

Road conditions 511 or 601-987-1211

(601) 359-7017

For updates on conditions in Mississippi, contact the Mississippi Department of Transportation:

HWY 888-728-4218


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Phone numbers for Missouri

Road conditoins 511 or 800-222-6400

Dept. of transportation 1 888-ask-modot 


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Phone numbers for Montana

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information or 800-226-7623 


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Phone numbers for Nebraska

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information or 1-800-906-9069 or 402-471-4533



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Phone numbers for Nevada

Road conditions 877-687-6237


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New Hampshire

Phone numbers for New Hampshire

Road closure information call 511, Outside NH call 1-866-282-7579, Dept of transportation call (603) 271-3734

State police: 1-800-852-3411 (in-state emergency only)
Phone: (603) 271-3636, (24 hour emergency only)


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New Jersey

Phone numbers for New Jersey

Road conditions 800-336-5875 or 732-247-0900 then 2 for turnpike or 732-727-5929 (Garden State Parkway)

(609) 588-6211, (609) 588-6212,(609) 588-6213, 1 800 245-pool (car pool),


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New Mexico

Phone numbers for New Mexico

1-800-432-4269 road conditions, (505) 820-2021 hwy admin.,




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New York

Phone numbers for New York

Road conditions 511 or 800-847-8929

DHS:212-867-7060, 311 is New York City's phone number for social services and government information, Outside of New York City call (212) NEW-YORK (212-639-9675)


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North Carolina

Phone numbers for North Carolina

1-877 DOT 4YOU during normal business hours, call

"5-1-1", 24 hours a day to access real time travel information or 877-511-4662



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North Dakota

Phone numbers for North Dakota

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information or 866-696-3511 


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Phone numbers for Oklahoma  

Road conditions 511 or 405-425-2385 or 888-425-2385


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Phone numbers for Oregon

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information or 800-977-6368 or 503-588-2941 


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Phone numbers for Pennsylvania

Road conditions 511 or 888-783-6783 (in Pennsylvania) or 215-567-5678


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Puerto Rico



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Rhode Island

Phone numbers for Rhode Island

Road conditions 511 or 401-222-2450 or 844-DOT-ROAD

(401) 444-1000 state police, Emergency phone numbers, City hall phone #'s


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South Carolina

Phone numbers for South Carolina

511 or 855-467-2368 or 803-737-2314

1(803) 737-2314 dept of transportation



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South Dakota


Phone numbers for South Dakota

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information


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Phone numbers for Texas

Road conditions 511 or 800-558-9368

311 for evacuation rides,


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Phone numbers for Vermont

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information. The toll-free phone number is 1-800-ICY-ROAD. 


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Phone numbers for Virginia 

Road conditions 511, or 800-367-7623, Outside of Virginia, call 1-800-578-4111- touch tone:type the highway's number followed by #



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Phone numbers for Washington

Dial 511 for national hwy and road closure information. Those calling from outside Washington or having trouble reaching Washington's 511 system can access the information by dialing 1-800-695-7623 (ROAD). 


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West Virginia

Phone numbers for West Virginia

Road conditions 511. If unable to connect while dialing 511, the service may also be reached by dialing 1-855-699-8511.

Current Road Conditions can also be obtained toll-free at
1-(877) WVA-ROAD



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Phone numbers for Wisconsin

Road conditions 511 or 608-264-7447

State patrol (608) 266-3212



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Phone numbers for Wyoming

Road conditions 511 or 888-996-7623 (in Wyoming) or 307-772-0824

307-635-9966 Recording, Construction
307-777-4437 Weekdays 

HLS:307-777-4663, (307) 777-HOME

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Travelling with Pets and Animals


Pet-friendly hotels:

In general Motel 6, Red Roof Inn and La Quinta Inn will allow small pets.


Driving Tips

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Driving Tips for Cross Country Travel

It is best to take a Northern route (I-40, I-70 or I-90) in the late summer. Your car might melt (brake cylinder etc.) if you overheat it. Keep in mind that I-70 will take you over mountains when driving from the West to the East. Most cars might not fare well making that journey. Do not take Northern routes in the winter (especially if you are not used to ice and snow). Try not to let your gas tank get less than half full at any point. It is possible to be stranded for several days if gas cannot be delivered to that area. If the check engine light goes on - pull over immediately and let the car cool for at least 20 minutes (if it is safe to stop). Do not simply keep going until you reach the next gas station - as something may be partially melted, and cooling immediately could prevent total breakage. Remember to push the clear and cancel buttons after using your credit card at the gas station (to prevent theft).

This information is subject to change as road conditions vary. Please call 511 to check road conditions before traveling. This information is used at your own risk.


East to West tips:


  • I-40 is fairly smooth driving. You go through salt flats on the West coast. It looks like the desert covered with glass. There is usually a gas station at the mid point of the salt flats. I would not recommend driving through Arizona between late June and September. You might not be able to make it all the way through due to heat waves. It is possible you may have to fly out or stay for a long time. During the winter I-40 is occasionally covered in snow and ice (if there is a blizzard). It does snow in states along I-40 (especially in Jan and Feb). Be sure to check the weather. As an alternative - 1-10 is usually not covered in ice during the winter.


  • I-10 is also smooth, but is too hot in the summer in the Southwest (over 102 degrees Fahrenheit in May). In San Antonio I-35 goes straight up to Oklahoma I-40. In El Paso you can take I-25 up to I-40 if you need to. Do not take NM 107 since it is 37 miles of gravel, and the rocks are about 2-3 inches wide. I would not take I-10 to go West of San Antonio or El Paso in August. The sun has a much stronger effect in the Western areas. It is very dangerous to break down and sit in the heat and sun in that area. Keep a gallon of water, bag of ice, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, battery operated keychain fan, and possibly an umbrella in the car.


  • I-90 is fairly smooth, but has brush fires in the summer. It also goes through the Dakotas which look like a Clint Eastwood movie (few gas stations). It can be very arid, and there are alot of little rabbits. Definitely keep your gas tank half full.


  • About I-20: You can segue from I-10 to I-20 just Southeast of El Paso if you need to (it starts around Jeff Davis County). I-20 goes East through Ft Worth and Dallas, and continues East until near the middle of Georgia. (In Dallas you can take I-35 up to I-40). I have only taken it to get from I-10 in Louisiana to cities in the eastern part of Georgia. I-10 connects to I-20 via I-55 in Louisiana. The eastern part of I-20 is fairly smooth, but avoid the Atlanta, Ga. area within a few hours of rush hour. You may be stuck in traffic for a long time. If that happens - I would just pull over at a venue and rest until it is over.


Nevada driving tips:

  • South to North tips near Nevada:
    There really isn't a good route up through Nevada. Your engine might get gravel in it, and there is a stretch of no gas stations for 90 miles. There is a hwy through Utah, but make sure you don't go through Salt Lake City at sunset/rush hour. People tend to have car trouble. It is considered polite to say your prayers frequently. You might be able to go through California along I-5.


  • North to South near Nevada/Idaho (if avoiding Utah): From Idaho I-95 cuts through Oregon to connect to I-80. I-80 goes to Sacramento, Ca, and from there you can connect to I-5 which goes to Los Angeles. Please call 511 to check the road conditions. I-5 connects to I-210 E which connects to I-10. You can also segue to I-40 near Bakersfield, Ca.


Arizona driving tips:

It is very dangerous to break down and sit in the heat and sun in that area. Keep a gallon of water, bag of ice, food, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, battery operated keychain fan, and possibly an umbrella in the car.

  • South to North Arizona: I-17 connects I-10 Phoenix with I-40 Flagstaff AZ. The Grand Canyon is in Northern Arizona.


Texas driving tips:

If it is recommended to go North you can do so in Dallas and San Antonio (I-35) and Houston (I-45).

  • South to North tips near Texas (Dallas): I-35 can lead you North from I-10 (in San Antonio), through Dallas TX (I-20) to Oklahoma (I-40).


  • In Texas: If traveling from West to Northeast - I-30 goes Northeast connecting I-20 Dallas TX to I-40 Arkansas. This route takes you East.


  • In Texas: If traveling East to West - I-35 goes straight up from Dallas to Oklahoma I-40 if you need a cooler climate (I-30 takes you in the wrong direction if you are going to the West coast. It does not go Westward from Dallas TX).


  • South to North Texas: I-45 connects I-10 Houston with I-40 Dallas.


Louisiana driving tips: If it is recommended to go North you can best do so in Lafayette (I-49), New Orleans Laplace (I-55) or New Orleans Slidell (I-59). They connect to I-20.

  • South to North Louisiana: I-49 goes Northwest and connects I-10 Lafayette to I-20 Shreveport, Louisiana. I-55 goes straight North and connects 1-10 New Orleans (Laplace) to I-20 Jackson, Mississippi. I-59 goes Northeast and connects I-10 New Orleans (Slidell) to I-20 Birmingham Al.


Florida driving tips:

  • South to North Florida: I-75 connects Miami Fla to I-40 near Knoxville Tn. I-75 also goes through Atlanta and several major Georgia cities.
  • This information is approximate, and last updated August 2019.


International Travel, Mexico and Cancun



When an emergency happens, or if natural disaster, terrorism, or civil unrest strikes during your foreign travel, the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate can be your source of assistance and information.


Mexico and Cancun

  • US consular: Cancun: Plaza Caracol Two, Second Level, No. 320-323, Boulevard Kukulcan, km. 8.5, Zona Hotelera, telephone (52)(998) 883-0272
  • CDC health issues:1-888-232-3228
  • Updated information on travel in may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444.
  • Mexican Secretariat of Tourism (SECTUR) at telephone 1-800-44-MEXICO (639-426)


When an emergency happens, or if natural disaster, terrorism, or civil unrest strikes during your foreign travel, the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate can be your source of assistance and information.




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