PALM COAST EVACUATIONS ROUTES
Hurricane Evacuations (Flagler County Emergency)
Evacuate or Stay?
This page details areas of high risk during a hurricane landfall. It is very important to note each storm is different and the areas under evacuation orders may be adjusted. The reason areas are evacuated is to save lives from storm surge and ocean flooding. People who do not live in the storm surge evacuation zones (zone updates) and who live in a well constructed (built after 2000) homes may consider staying. Our hurricane evacuation zones have changed. Be sure to check this map (zone updates) to see if you are in one of the new evacuation zones.
It is very important to note the exact areas evacuated for an approaching hurricane depends on the strength and size of the storm, where it is coming from, and the forward speed. Any location within an Evacuation Zone (mainly areas east of I-95) and all mobile and manufactured homes anywhere in Flagler County can face evacuation orders. There also may be a need to evacuate flood prone or low lying areas on or near standing or moving waterways, canals, or other bodies of water at inland and western locations of the County (Evacuation Zones E and F).
If you want to know if you live in an evacuation zone that might be effected by storm surge, please call the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center at (386) 313-4200 or send an email to info@FlagerEmergency.com.
Should I stay or leave? We recommend the following steps in making an evacuation decision:
If you live in an evacuation zone be prepared to LEAVE:
The areas east of I-95 are considered the primary "Atlantic Land Falling" Hurricane Evacuation Zone which contain Evacuation Zones A through D. However there are evacuation zones west of I-95 that may be used in extreme events, these are evacuation zones E and F.
If you live anywhere in a mobile or manufactured home be prepared to LEAVE: Mobile homes, manufactured homes, and modular homes must be evacuated for any hurricane countywide, (even if you are inland, have tie downs, etc.). These buildings WILL NOT withstand hurricane conditions or wind-borne debris of any force. Most wind related fatalities are in mobile and manufacture homes.
If you live in a well constructed home built after 2000 and are NOT in any Evacuation Zones consider Sheltering In-Place. Remember there are areas away from the ocean that are evacuation zones. Know your zone!
It is extremely important to have an emergency plan BEFORE a storm threatens.
Make your plan NOW.
Tips if you plan to stay:
Only plan to ride out the storm IF you live outside the evacuation zone and live in a sturdy well built home. Riding out the storm inland is safer than being caught in your vehicle in hurricane conditions.
Prepare your home: If possible board up or shutter windows and brace garage doors. Make sure you have your disaster supply kit ready (see Disaster Preparedness Guide page 6 for more information on preparing a kit).
Designate a safe room to ride out the storm: This room can be a small interior closet, bathroom, or any room in the interior of your home without windows. This is where you will go to ride out the worst part of the storm. Have a mattress or pillows handy to shield your family should conditions become severe.
If you plan to leave the region,
Do so EARLY.
Plan your route.
Have a place to stay.
Have a family contact person.
If you plan on a long distance evacuation, you must do so BEFORE the Hurricane Warnings are issued. Before leaving make sure you have an alternate route to get there. Do not count on available hotel rooms. Call ahead and make a reservation or stay with someone you know.
If your plan is to wait until an evacuation order is issued, evacuate LOCALLY. Do not attempt to travel out of the region or the state. Evacuate to a local shelter, hotel, or to someone you know who lives outside of the evacuation zone in a well constructed building.
What if I fail to evacuate? You are placing you and your family at risk. Emergency Services cease operations when sustained wind speeds reach 40mph+, meaning first responders will be unable to reach you should a life threatening situation arise. Additionally, you may become isolated by debris and flooding that will prevent emergency responders to reach you for the hours and days following a storm. Persons who fail to evacuate may also face extended periods of time when help will not be available due to isolation. People who do not evacuate when ordered are also in violation of the law.