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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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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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