If a major crisis hits uptown, you may have to flee.
The current evacuation plan is from 2006. Charlotte's changed a lot since then, so emergency workers are reworking the evacuation routes to account for road changes and new buildings uptown. They're also working on how to communicate those routes in an emergency. Right now, the main way is the traditional blue evacuation signs.
But soon, they'll be able to flash messages on light rail signs, the new way-finding signs and with a mobile app for iPhone and Android that shows you where you are and the quickest way to get outside the Interstate 277 loop.
"We're trying to make it intuitively the way people use phones and devices now the same way this is just showing you your evacuation routes,” Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Dulin said.
They've also created these four staging areas just outside each of the four wards: Johnson C. Smith University, Spratt Street, SouthEnd and Memorial Stadium. Then CATS buses can shuttle people farther away.
In an emergency, technology could be the first to go, so emergency officials say know your plan ahead of time.