Know your evacuation zone

FEMA advises knowing your evacuation zone ahead of hurricanes; find them on government websites or try this list from FLASH


According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, all people in areas where hurricanes are a threat need to know where to go before a dangerous storm arrives, and the number one piece of advice is to know your evacuation zone.

“Evacuations are more common than people realize. Many communities have designated evacuation routes and some even have evacuation zones. Make yourself familiar with these evacuation zones, so if your local authorities issue an evacuation order, you’ll know exactly where to go.”

If a hurricane threatens and local officials say it’s time to evacuate, FEMA advises leaving as quickly as possible.

Each year, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes updates its list of evacuation zones, as do most state websites and many cities.

Andrea Fox is Editor of and Senior Editor at Lexipol. She is based in Massachusetts.