National Weather Service

Everyday this week, we will highlight a specific part of the Hurricane Preparedness Plan. Today you should know your evacuation Plan.

The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate.

You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in a zone or unsafe home, and work it out with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

On the map, the state’s coastal areas are divided into three zones — A, B and C — based on the likelihood of severe of flooding in those areas. Zone A areas, shown on the map in red, are most likely to be affected by flooding from tropical storms and low-grade hurricanes, while Zone B, shown in yellow, would be impacted by major hurricanes Category 3 and stronger. Those in Zone C, pictured in blue, would be the least affected by flooding but are still at risk for evacuation.

Click the image to be taken to the interactive map

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