TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – When a tropical system approaches Florida, local governments often have to make the difficult decision of ordering residents to evacuate. At the time of publication, no evacuation orders are in effect in the Tampa Bay area. However, officials are urging residents to have a plan in place should the announcement arrive in the coming days.
Find your evacuation zone and information about local shelters if an evacuation is ordered in your area.
Residents can use the Hillsborough County Office of Emergency Management’s Hurricane Evacuation Assessment Tool to find their evacuation zone. The HEAT map also shows evacuation bus routes, which are offered free of charge to anyone who needs a ride to an emergency shelter.
Pinellas County’s hurricane preparedness page helps residents identify their evacuation zone, storm surge risk, and other important emergency information. The county says all residents living in mobile or manufactured homes, regardless of their zone (or lack thereof), must be evacuated.
Manatee County residents will find their evacuation zone here. The county’s Evacuation Levels page is also telling residents to check building codes to determine if their home can withstand high winds before deciding to take shelter on the spot. Manatee County residents in mobile homes, prefabs, RVs, or trailers, regardless of their location, must be evacuated if Hurricane Evacuation Level A is issued.
Sarasota County residents will find their evacuation zone here. The county’s emergency management page provides a list of emergency shelters and a transportation plan to get residents to safety.
Pasco County residents can view an interactive map of evacuation zones here. The county’s website also has information on storm surge risk, evacuation with pets, and information for people with special needs. Residents of mobile or prefab homes must be evacuated even if they are not in an evacuation zone.
Hernando County residents will find their evacuation zone here. Those not planning to evacuate can find a list of accommodations here, including a pet-friendly accommodation and a accommodation for people with disabilities.
Citrus County residents can refer to the Citrus County Disaster Planning Guide for a map of evacuation zones and information on local emergency shelters. You can also use Florida’s interactive Know Your Zone tool to find your evacuation zone. Those residing in mobile or prefab homes must be evacuated regardless of which zone they live in.
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