Evacuations have been ordered in Escambia County for Zone A beginning at noon today (Tuesday, Oct. 9) due to Hurricane Michael. If you live in a mobile home or have special needs, you should consider evacuation no matter the zone in which you live.
- Zone A includes Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key and low-lying areas. In Escambia County, we do not use the terms “voluntary” or “mandatory” with regard to evacuations. When evacuation orders are given, residents and visitors are expected to comply as it is a government order.
- To look up your evacuation zone online, visit myescambia.com/knowyourzone.
- Keep in mind it is always easier to go tens of miles, not hundreds. Consider going to a friend or relative’s home, a hotel, or as a last resort, a public shelter within the county. Public shelters can be crowded, noisy and uncomfortable, but they are safe.
- Evacuation routes can be viewed here.
- For a map of evacuation routes and zones, click here.
- You must understand that when sustained wind speeds reach 39 mph or storm surge covers roadways, law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire departments may not be able to come to your aid.
- If you live in an evacuation zone, be sure to check on neighbors, especially the elderly and those with special needs.
- Shelters will be open this afternoon. Locations will be announced as they are able to receive residents.
- The Citizen Information Line is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. Residents with questions may call 850-471-6600.