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May 30, 2013

TALLAHASSEE – In preparation for the start of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) urges all Floridians to “Know Your Zone.” Knowing your evacuation, storm surge, and flood zone is an important step to ensuring you and your family are prepared for a hurricane.

“Knowing your evacuation zone, and how storm surge or flooding may affect you, is an important part of preparing for hurricane season,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “When you plan for and mitigate these hazards, you can lessen the impact a storm may have on you and your family.”

Evacuation zones are designated by local emergency management agencies, and give guidance on when certain areas should or are required to evacuate prior to a hurricane making landfall. It is important that residents of coastal counties know their evacuation zone, as well as the route they should take should they need to evacuate.

Storm surge zones and flood zones show officials and residents how certain amounts of storm surge or flood waters may affect coastal or low-lying areas. Storm surge is extreme coastal flooding that can penetrate several miles inland. Storm surge and flooding are two of the most dangerous impacts of a tropical system and all Floridians should be prepared for possible effects to themselves and their communities.

Floridians can find their local evacuation, storm surge and flood maps on the public mapping page of floridadisaster.org. Maps are also available via the Division’s geospatial mapping tool, GATOR, at floridadisaster.org/GATOR.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. For more information on the Florida Division of Emergency Management and to GET A PLAN!, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, or follow the division on Twitter at @FLSERT, and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.