Returning From The Road:
-Check routes make sure destination is ok to return to (damage repts from local news stations/ reporting)
-Tell someone your plan!
-Estimate fuel needs and map gas stations along route
-Do you have to make any stops in between? If so, book accomodations ahead of time. You need to check rates/ availability BEFORE hitting the road. You dont want to pull into a hotel and it be sold out. (highly likely in emergency situations especially when evacuations are imminent)
-Make sure everything is on par with our PRE STORM VEHICLE CHECKLIST. This will severly reduce the chance of breaking down on the road. It will also ensure you are prepared to deal with last minute accidents such as a flat tire
-Inventory supplies to be brought with (food, water, meds, child needs, pet needs, etc
-Check incoming reports, make sure it is safe to go outside
-Assess vehicle exterior. Do a walk around and take pictures of multiple angles (The more the better)
-Be sure to take pics regardless. You may come across damage at a later time you didnt initially notice before
-Assess interior of vehicle for water entry or other damage. If moisture is present you will want to ventilate the vehicle so that mildew does not form (not to mention the smell)
-Take photos of inside of vehicle as well
-If any damage is present contact your insurance company. If vehicle shows signs of criminal activity (such as broken into or vandalism) contact police to file report immediately.
-Make sure that vehicle starts up with no problem. If vehicle hasnt been started for more than 3 days let it idle for 5 minutes to heat up engine and get fluids running.