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THE EVACUATION PLAN

Evacuation level areas are vulnerable to storm surge. Storm surge is saltwater flooding that rushes over coastal areas near where the eye of the hurricane strikes, destroying homes and businesses in its path. Drowning causes the majority of hurricane deaths. Hurricanes are listed in categories on a scale of 1 to 5, depending on the strength of the winds. Storm surge can reach 7 feet above sea level in the Category 1 hurricane and as much as 28 feet above sea level in a Category 5 hurricane. Depending on the track and strength of a threatening hurricane, local officials may order one of five evacuation levels. These levels correspond to the storm surge flooding that is likely to occur from the five categories of hurricanes. If you live in a mobile home, manufactured home or recreational vehicle, you must evacuate at all evacuation levels regardless of where you are located. Those structures are extremely vulnerable to hurricane force winds. If you live in an area ordered to evacuate, or if you live in a mobile home, manufactured home or RV, gather your emergency supplies, secure your home and leave immediately.
Failure to obey an evacuation order is a violation of Florida law.
All residents looking for refuge from a storm should tune in to local television and radio stations for updated information. Announcements will be made confirming shelter openings and alternate refuges if necessary.
Evacuation Levels
Wind Velocity (mph)
Potential tide heights
          A
74 - 95
Up to 8 feet

Evacuate Red areas and all Manufactured Homes

          B
96 - 110
Up to 15 feet

Evacuate Red and Orange areas and all Manufactured Homes

          C
111 - 130
Up to 21 feet Evacuate Red, Orange and Yellow areas and all Manufactured Homes
          D
131 - 155
Up to 29 feet Evacuate Red, Orange, Yellow and Green areas and all Manufactured Homes
          E
156 and Over
Up to 33 feet Evacuate Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Purple areas and all Manufactured Homes

NOTE:   All mobile home residents in the county must evacuate at all evacuation levels.

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