A “voluntary” or “recommended” evacuation order is issued when the threat to lives is not yet imminent but conditions exist or such circumstances may exist in the near future. It is “recommended” that persons relocate to a safer location.
A “mandatory” evacuation order is issued when danger is imminent and conditions exist that seriously imperil or endanger the lives of those in a defined area. Persons are “strongly urged” people to relocate to a safer location. Personal discretion is not to be considered a deciding factor. A person who refuses to comply with a “mandatory” evacuation order shall not be forcibly removed from his home; however, all public services will be suspended during a mandatory evacuation, and those failing to comply with a mandatory evacuation order shall not be rescued or provided with other lifesaving assistance. Because of deteriorating weather conditions, at some point evacuation routes will be closed.