In the event of an emergency, Wake County may order residents to evacuate from dangerous areas and may choose to open shelters. The type of emergency and area affected determines evacuation areas as well as where and how many shelters will be opened. ReadyWake! has more information about how to stay informed of the latest evacuation and shelter information.


Evacuation routes depend on the nature of the disaster itself; therefore, we cannot provide maps of predetermined evacuation routes; however, you may access local maps and geographic information here.

Evacuating vs. Sheltering in Place

When creating your family’s emergency response plan, make sure that it includes a plan for evacuating and staying at home, also referred to as “sheltering in place.” Visit Ready America for tips on devising a plan for each of these scenarios. ​