Hurricane Evacuation Zones and Routes Map (PDF)
Hurricane Evacuation Zones and Routes Map (Interactive)
Hurricane Evacuation Zone Address Lookup
In 2010, Escambia County adjusted the hurricane evacuation zones based upon the 2010 Florida Statewide Regional Evacuation Study Program and has identified five (5) hurricane evacuation zones along the coastal and significant riverine areas of the county. The five zones are represented by letters A, B, C, D, & E. It is important for people to understand, our message to the public continues to be that people should “run from the water and hide from the wind,” in this case, run from storm surge.
The evacuation zones represent areas where storm surge MAY go depending upon the conditions of any specific tropical storm or hurricane. Keep in mind that every storm is different and as hurricanes come ashore, even the same size and same category of storms could have completely different storm surge impacts on our community.
The evacuation zone maps, as they have been depicted, are much more specific and much more detailed than in the past and as such do not border along any major local reference points or borders such as roads, intersections, or areas. In this effort, the county is able to minimize the number of people, households, and businesses impacted by evacuation orders, while maintaining the highest level of public safety, but it also requires homeowners and business owners to be knowledgeable about which zone they may live or work as descriptive narrative is no longer practical to describe the evacuation zones to the new level of detail.
The evacuation zones themselves have been identified based upon scientific, topographic, engineering, and model data that has identified estimated areas where the storm surge may go based upon model data. Because of the uniqueness of each storm and the site specific topography of every property and parcel in the county, these maps represent estimates of the areas where the water may go.
With this knowledge and the determination as to whether your home or business may be located in an evacuation zone, here are some practical actions you, your family, or your business should take in preparing for hurricanes and disasters. If you live in one of these evacuation zones, you should do the following:
- Be aware and make sure your family and employees are aware of the evacuation zone that you reside. Go to www.bereadyescambia.com, type in your address, and “Know Your Zone” if you do not already. If you have questions about the zones, please call the Division of Emergency Management at 850-471-6400.
- Develop a family or business evacuation/disaster plan before disaster threatens or strikes our community. Knowing in advance what your family or business will do, where you will go, and to include planning for pets. Refer to our disaster preparedness manual for planning tips and supply checklists.
- If you are in an evacuation zone and are instructed to leave, it has been determined that there are dangerous and even life-threatening risks if you do not evacuate. Do not ignore instructions to evacuate from county officials. The primary goal of the county is life-safety.
- Listen to local media outlets and follow instructions of public safety officials for evacuation information and to reference which zones are being evacuated. The decision to evacuate is not taken lightly and includes many factors in that process.
- If you are told to evacuate, put your family or business plan into action. You do not necessarily need to leave the county, but move out of the evacuation zones. Making plans to stay with family or friends further inland will prove to be the most comfortable arrangement, along with hotels/motels further inland. The county will also likely open hurricane evacuation shelter options as a last resort.
- Leave early to avoid the heaviest of traffic, but to also allow you enough time to evacuate before hazardous winds and storm surge comes ashore ahead of the actual center of the hurricane. Keep in touch with your family and friends as appropriate. Let them know where you are, where you are heading, and have a back up communications plan when cell or land-line phones may be down.
- Be ready for a slow trip and expect traffic congestion. Be patient, and make sure you have a full tank of gas. Have a clear destination in mind, inform family and friends of that location, and stick to it. Have entertainment for children in the car and supplies for pets.
- If you must go to a public shelter, bring only necessities as space will be limited. Bring prescriptions, medical supplies, bedding supplies, infant formula and other needs, extra clothing, personal hygiene products, etc. Make sure you have proper plans for pets and your evacuation location will support and allow your pets.
- If you do not live in an evacuation zone, “sheltering in place” is recommended. Prepare your home and the surrounding property for potential flying objects, close windows and doors, bring pets inside, and seek shelter in an interior room as appropriate.
Preplanning will make your evacuation or “shelter in place” more comfortable, less stressful, and allow you to manage the pre- and post-impact stresses of a disaster incident. For more planning information and checklists, please continue to visit www.bereadyescambia.com website or call 850-471-6400 with any questions or assistance.