No voluntary evacuation orders will be given if a hurricane approaches the coast from now on.

The state has done away with the voluntary orders to give more flexibility to the evacuation timeline. It’s part of a streamlining that also gives local emergency officials more say on whether to call for an evacuation in their areas.

Voluntary evacuations have been set aside mostly because few people responded to them.

The term “mandatory evacuation” won’t be used anymore either. A single evacuation will be called for by the governor’s order.

Read more in tomorrow’s The Post and Courier.

Science and environment reporter. Author of Washing Our Hands in the Clouds.