Evacuation Zones - Frequently Asked Questions
do I find out my evacuation zone if I can't locate
my property on the map?
levels are available online here.
- Pinellas County's
automated telephone system
can also be used to
determine evacuation level: (727) 453-3150 and
key in your phone number.
- Call Pinellas County Emergency Management:
464-3800 and staff will assist you with
property is fairly elevated and couldn't
be touched by storm surge. Why do I
have to evacuate?
Emergency Management officials work to prevent
putting residents in situations where they would
become isolated by water - creating an island.
Therefore, some parcels with higher elevations
are assigned the evacuation level of surrounding
this affect my flood insurance ratings?
No. Evacuation levels pertain to storm surge from
hurricanes. The change to your evacuation level
has NO impact on flood zones or flood insurance,
which are determined and managed through FEMA and
the National Flood Insurance program.
- I live in a mobile home, but we're in a non-evacuation
zone. Do we have to evacuate?
All mobile home residents are required to evacuate
when any evacuation order is issued, regardless
of their evacuation level. This has not changed
from past years. Mobile homes are considered unsafe
to weather even a Category 1 hurricane or strong
just how accurate are these maps?
The maps are as correct and as accurate as current technology
can make them. As the storm surge model data is
updated and refined in the future, the county and
the regional planning council will incorporate those
changes to continue to improve the process of determining
evacuation levels. It is worth noting that although
technology has improved, maps of the forecasts of the storm
surge, are not a guarantee. No one knows with absolute
certainty what the effects of any individual storm
will be. Pinellas County has not been directly hit
by a hurricane since 1921.
- What should I do to prepare for a hurricane?
Finalize your family's hurricane preparedness plan
now. Know your evacuation level and be prepared
to leave if an evacuation is required.