It's best to call ahead.

Some hotels are relaxing their pet policies to accommodate coastal evacuees ahead of Hurricane Florence, USA Today reports.

That includes waiving pet fees in many cases.

InterContinental Hotels Group, for example, is allowing pets to stay for free in its properties throughout the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia, as well as Delaware, Maryland, Florida and Washington, DC.

And some hotels in the Southeast that don't normally allow pets at all are making exceptions.

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas as the Category 4 hurricane approaches.

However, WAVY-TV reports that hotels are not required to accommodate pets. The news outlet quote the Federal Emergency Management Agency stating: "There are reports that hotels and motels participating in the Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program are legally required to accommodate pets. This is FALSE."

FEMA adds: "Please call the hotel before you go and ask if pets are permitted. Hotels must accept service animals and individuals with access and functional needs should check with the hotel to ensure if accessible lodging accommodations are available to meet their needs."

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