What is the difference between a voluntary and a mandatory evacuation?
Generally speaking, evacuation orders are issued by emergency management or government officials (local, state and/or federal) to move people away from the threat or actual occurrence of a disaster, storm, hurricane, etc. Evacuation orders may be voluntary or mandatory and could apply to all people or to separate groups, i.e., a mandatory evacuation for all non-residents and a voluntary evacuation for residents.
A voluntary evacuation typically means that authorities are urging you to seek shelter outside of the potentially affected area but that the choice to stay remains yours. Voluntary evacuation orders are usually issued when there are potential threats associated. A mandatory evacuation typically applies to all people and means that you should leave the area immediately, and usually applies when a threat is imminent.
In the event that you are renting a property in an area under a voluntary evacuation order, MRA recommends that you seek shelter outside of the area. In the event that you are renting a property in an area under a mandatory evacuation, you are required to comply with the order and leave the area.
Please note that evacuations may affect your ability to check-in to a property (if you have not already started your vacation) and it may affect your ability to re-enter the property. Entry/Re-entry cannot be guaranteed.