The four evacuation zones – A, B, C and D – represent areas where storm surge MAY go. Zone A is along the water and would typically be the first zone considered for evacuation. Depending on the storm scenario and surge expected, Zone B would be next, then C, and finally Zone D.
The evacuation zones are based upon scientific, topographic, engineering, and model data that has identified estimated areas where the storm surge may go. If you live in one of these evacuation zones, you should do the following:
- Find the evacuation zone map below and type in your address to find your zone.
- Develop a family or business evacuation/disaster plan before disaster strikes that outlines in advance what your family or business will do, where you will go, and include planning for pets. Refer to our disaster preparedness manual for planning tips and supply checklists.
- Sign-up and create a profile in AlertBay (www.alertbay.org).
- If you are in an evacuation zone and are instructed to leave, do so.
- Follow Bay County Emergency Services on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Local media will also be provided the latest evacuation information.
- Should an evacuation order be in place, the county will likely open public shelters, but those should be used as a last resort, as they can be uncomfortable.
- Evacuate early to avoid the heaviest of traffic, have a full tank of gas, 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 that 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.ready.gov website or call 850-248-6040 with any questions or assistance.