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What's Your Hurricane Evacuation Zone and Plan?

Floridians are urged to prepare as The National Hurricane Center monitors Tropical Storm Isaac. The Tampa Bay area is in the five-day cone of uncertainty.

Find your evacuation zone and make a plan now. Determining your evacuation zone, nearest shelters and hotels only takes a couple of minutes with the resources from the Pinellas County Emergency Management team and website.

Know Your Zone

Pinellas County has five evacuation zones: 

  • A (Red) - Potential surge is 4 to 8 feet.
  • B (Orange) - Potential surge is 8 to 14 feet.
  • C (Yellow) - Potential surge is 14 to 19 feet.
  • D (Green) - Potential surge is 19 to 26 feet.
  • E (Purple) - Potential surge is 26 to 29 feet.

To find out what evacuation zone you live in, enter your address on the Pinellas County Emergency Management website. Print the results if you can. It may even be wise to email the results to family or friends living nearby or out of state. This may help if you lose or misplace the list during an evacuation.

If you are unable to look up your zone online, call the Pinellas County's automated system at 727-453-3150 and type in your home phone number, or call the Pinellas County Emergency Management Department at 727-464-3800 and speak with someone over the phone between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Example Address:

The is located at 5314 23rd Ave. S. When the address is entered in the Pinellas County's "Know Your Zone" website, the results are:

Evacuation Zone D

Closest Hurricane Shelters: Gulfport Elementary School, Boca Ciega High School and Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Closest Special Needs Shelters: John Hopkins Middle School, Oak Grove Middle School and Dunedin Highland Middle School

Closest Accommodations: Hampton Inn, Shirley Ann Hotel and Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg/Downtown. All three hotels are in a Non-Evacuation Zone.

Mobile/Manufactured Homes

People living in a mobile home must evacuate, even if they are not located in an evacuation zone. Beachway Mobile Home park. It's located at 54th Street and Seventh Avenue South.

Emergency Shelters

There are 32 shelters in Pinellas County. Not all of them are special needs or pet friendly. Check out the complete list on the Pinellas County Emergency Management's website to plan ahead if you need a specialized shelter.

The closest shelters to Gulfport include:

  • , 2014 52nd St. S., Gulfport
  • Boca Ciega High School, 924 58th St. S., Gulfport
  • (Pet friendly) , 3901 22nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg
  • (Special needs) John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th St. S., St. Petersburg

Evacuation Route

We have attached the evacuation route provided by the Pinellas County Emergency Management Department to print. Here are major roads that will lead you north and east of Gulfport.

  • Eastbound on 22nd Avenue South
  • Northbound on 49th Street South
  • Northbound on 66th Street South
  • Northbound on U.S. 19/ 34th Street 
  • Note: 58th Street South and 37th Street South will take you to major roads such as First Avenue South and Fifth Avenue North. From there, head east to join I-275 North or U.S. 19/34th Street.

All of the information has been provided by the Pinellas County Emergency Management Department. For more information, download and print the 2012 Hurricane Guide.

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Rob Fowler August 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Hey Cherlene! We are hoping you will stay in close contact with Gulfport CERT to help put out emergency information. Of course if the power goes out and we lose internet and cell phone access, we will have to stand outside and cup our hands to our ears to hear latest information. Theresa and I stocked up on supplies before Debbie, but will do a little pre-storm shopping today to beat the rush in case the tracks do not change this weekend.
Cherlene Willis August 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Thanks for sharing Rob! Will do! Also, I'm working on a story about disaster/emergency kits! Do you have any items that you pack that people may not think about? Thanks - Cherlene
Rob Fowler August 23, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Well, there are items Theresa and I don't like to run out of, so if there is a possibility of stores being shut down a while, or if gas for our cars is unavailable, we stock up on toilet paper, nasal spray (we both have allergies), instant coffee (addicted so do not need caffeine withdrawal headaches with power out), propane for our grill so we can cook any thawing food from our freezer. During Hurricane Jeane in 2004 I knew a lot of people who lost hundreds of dollars of valuable meat as their freezers quit working. I like to have sheets of plastic around also in case windows break or blow out. That way I could seal off open areas of our home after the storm passes to help keep mosquitoes outside. Oh, and extra mosquito spray is a good idea also. I'm interested in other people's ideas too.
Cherlene Willis August 23, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Rob! Glad I'm not the only one thinking about how to get my caffeine fix. I just bought instant coffee and flavorings for water that have caffeine in it. Also, my husband has stocked up on MRE's. If anyone has any questions about MRE's let me know because I'll tell you which flavors are best! You're totally right about the frozen food. We're holding off on buying anything else for the freezer until after the storm. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing - Cherlene
Peter Stewart August 23, 2012 at 01:42 PM
And I'm sure the city will make sandbags available again as they did for Debby....two days after the storm came ashore!
Cherlene Willis August 23, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Peter, Actually, that's a great question! I'll check with the City to see if they have any plans for sandbags sooner. - Cherlene
Sandy Bloom August 23, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I keep large plastic soda bottles filled with water in my freezer. That way I have "ice" for my cooler and drinking water.
Rob Fowler August 23, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Also a good idea to get some cash in hand. I remember ATM's and credit card machines being offline after Jeane, so any store willing to open up with no electricity was only taking cash.
Cherlene Willis August 23, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Sandy! That's a great idea! - I need to do that! - Cherlene
Cherlene Willis August 23, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Rob, Awesome point! It's as easy as just getting cash back when you're shopping for your disaster kit. I did that last night!
Cherlene Willis August 23, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Peter, I just heard back from the City Manager. They will have a sandbag station for residents starting on Friday afternoon. FMI: http://gulfport.patch.com/articles/gulfport-to-provide-sandbags
Bulldog August 24, 2012 at 09:54 AM
A good tip from a Katrina survior; put a hatchet in your attic, that way if you flee the high water by climbing or swiming into the attic you'll have a way to chop through the roof to escape if the water continues rising.
Philip Penrose August 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Bulldog...a good, but somewhat depressing tip. I hope no one ever has to go through a 'Katrina!' again. Having a supply of trail mix just isn't enough enough for The Big One.
Greg Stemm May 30, 2013 at 09:05 PM
FYI The County website was "unable to locate" my property at the corner of Beach and 25th Avenue South. Interesting since Beach is a main thoroughfare in town!
Rob Fowler May 31, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I think you are in evacuation zone D. Your are actually in pretty good shape. Plan on your power going out though. http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/PDF/hurricane_guide/Hurricane_Guide_6-7.pdf

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