Duval County Evacuation Zones
It was 50 years ago, that Hurricane Dora hit the First Coast. It is important for us to remember that storms can, and have impacted our region in the past.
Duval County’s local emergency preparedness measures are always being improved and updated. This includes a significant change in the statewide approach to evacuation zones. In the past, evacuation zones have been primarily based on the category of the approaching storm. New scientific data that includes other factors, such as wave action, precipitation, and areas known to flood, has allowed us to better define evacuation zones for Duval County. Effective this year, evacuation zones will be based on a lettering system, with A,B,C,D,E, and F Zones.
Because of the unique interaction of river systems with the Atlantic Ocean, our evacuation zones are more complex than those in most counties. The City of Jacksonville and Duval County Emergency Management have worked closely with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, North East Florida Regional Planning Council, and public safety experts to provide our community with the most up-to-date maps available.
Want to find your Evacuation Zone on the go? Check out the JaxReady mobile app!
The City of Jacksonville and Duval County Emergency Management encourage you to determine your zone on the accompanying map and make advance plans for you and your family. In the event of an approaching storm, local government will work with the National Weather Service and other partners, to provide you with specific information on which zones need to evacuate and make sure you have the best available information about the possible effects of the storm in your specific area.
Being prepared as a community, means being prepared as individuals. Being prepared also means having a plan, maintaining an emergency preparedness kit, and staying informed. Remember, when a disaster strikes, it is also important to check on friends, neighbors, pets, and especially those persons who may have special needs.
Jacksonville has a long and proud history of being prepared and resilient in the face of adversity. Today, just as they did in 1964, when Hurricane Dora hit the area, the team of local first responders; state, and federal agencies; faith-based and religious organizations; voluntary organizations; the private sector; the media; and our citizens stand ready to respond. Our community is at its best when we join together to help each other in times of need. That spirit is what makes the Jacksonville community great.
This hurricane season, don’t just be ready, be JaxReady!