As Hurricane Dorian approaches US, tips to keep in mind if you're evacuating

Follow recommended evacuation routes and don't take shortcuts.

Hurricane Dorian is closing in on the Southeast coast, where evacuations have been ordered in coastal areas of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Storm surge and gusty winds pose some of the biggest threats to the region.

For those evacuating, here are some tips to keep in mind, according to the Department of Homeland Security:

-- Identify several places you could go, like a friend's home or a motel. Pick places in different directions so you have options.

-- If you have pets, remember that most public shelters allow only service animals.

-- The FEMA app has a list of open shelters.

-- Unplug electronics like TVs and small appliances.

-- Take an emergency kit with you that includes water, food, a flashlight, a first aid kit, extra batteries and important family documents.

-- Follow recommended evacuation routes and don't take shortcuts.

-- Come up with a family re-unification plan in case you are separated.

-- Stay in contact with local officials.