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One of the most important hurricane preparation steps you can take is to know your evacuation zone - either A, B, C, D, E or none. Look it up at

It is very important that you look up your evacuation zone EACH YEAR to find out IF and WHEN you should evacuate, even if you have looked it up in the past, as zones can change. Most importantly, don’t rely on previous storm experience. Just because you weathered the last storm, doesn’t mean you will weather this one.

Every storm is different, even if it is the same category. Categories only measure wind speed and not storm surge, so it doesn’t tell the whole story. While wind can be very destructive, storm surge is often the killer - think “run from water, hide from wind.” A  category 1 storm can have much more deadly storm surge than a category 3, it just depends on that particular system.

How does it work?

At, look up your address to see what evacuation zone your home falls within. You can also see a simulation of what the storm surge would be for each level of evacuation - A, B, C, D, E or none.  Remember, if you live on a barrier island or in a mobile home, you will ALWAYS be asked to evacuate. 

Select “Show Neighborhood Impact” to see the impact of differing surge depths. Additionally, look up shelter locations and evacuation routes.

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Graphic showing the storm surge depths for evacuation zones A-E
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