How do you know when it is time to evacuate?
Local officials will tell you when it is time to go. Make sure you know when you are being called. Know your Evacuation Level see the map.
Your evacuation level is not your flood zone. See the flood map.
How are evacuation levels determined?
Evacuation levels are based on hurricane storm surge zones determined by the National Hurricane Center using ground elevation and the area’s vulnerability to storm surge from a hurricane. The evacuation zones are marked from A through E, and non-evacuation zones.
An evacuation order is issued to get people away from the deadliest parts of a hurricane’s storm surge. Regardless of elevation, all mobile homes must be evacuated before the storm hits.
Types of Evacuation
Are for events that are not predicted to be very intense. It is issued for historically flood-prone areas that frequently flood and mobile homes to consider relocating to higher ground or and/or a sturdier structure than what is available at home. This is for your safety to keep you out of already vulnerable areas.
Are issued when the probability of dangerous storm surge is high, and loss of life may occur if people are not relocated. It is a crime to ignore a mandatory evacuation order.
Should you Stay or should you go? Here is what the county wants you to know about evacuating
What to know about evacuation shelters
So you’ve decided to evacuate. Know where to go, how to get there and what to bring!
Starting 2018 all the Sarasota County shelters will be pet friendly! Make sure you bring something for Fido to eat, drink, and sleep on, these will not be provided.
Learn how to get to a shelter
Do you know your rally point? Or do you need transportation to a rally point?
Know what to bring to the shelter see our checklist
You can also find this information in our city hurricane guide
It is your job to remain informed to protect your family, your pets and your property. The following links will help you make the most informed choice.
Missed the Hurricane Expo? See the speeches here
Is your emergency kit packed? Check our list here to make sure you didn’t forget something
There is more to a hurricane than a big storm Learn about what other hazards hurricanes can cause