August 21, 2014

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Hurricane Evacuations

Run from the surge, hide from the winds.

This page details areas that will be at high risk during a hurricane landfall. It is very important to note that each storm is different and the areas under evacuation orders may be adjusted. The reason we evacuate certain areas is to get people away from places where storm surge ocean flooding will occur. People who do not live in the storm surge area (insert map link) and who live in a well constructed (built after 2000) home should consider staying.

It is very important to note that the exact areas to be evacuated for an approaching hurricane will depend on the strength of the storm, where it is coming from, and the forward speed. Any location 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.

If you want to know if you live in an area that might be effected by storm surge, please call the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center at (386) 313-4200 or send an email to


Should I stay or leave? We recommend the following steps in making an evacuation decision:

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.

Evacuation Tips:

If you plan to leave the region,

  1. Do so EARLY.
  2. Plan your route.
  3. Have a place to stay.
  4. 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? Every person who has defied an evacuation order and rode out a storm in an evacuation zone has said that they would NEVER do it again. You place your own life at risk. High-rise buildings are especially at risk because hurricane winds are much stronger with height. Winds at ground level blowing at 100 mph may be near 160 mph at the 4th or 5th floors. Plus you may become isolated and help will not be able to reach you.

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.

Each storm will be different and we recommend you monitor this website and other sources of information for updates.

Click here for Hurricane Evacuation Zones.

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