Living and working in a coastal area can pose a significant threat of rising water during tropical events. Charlotte County, known for it's beautiful beaches and expansive harbor is no exception. With input from the National Hurricane Center and local National Weather Service office, the Emergency Management Office will issue evacuation orders when storm surge threatens the County. There are five evacuation zones, A thru E, also shown as Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Purple.
It is extremely important that if an evacuation order is issued for your area that you heed the warning and evacuate early. Tropical systems may very well impact a much larger area than just Charlotte County which will result an significant traffic and delays on area roadways. Know where you will evacuate to in advance and leave well before the storm.
Remember, since Charlotte County has very low elevation and is surrounded by water, it may not be possible to open any shelters in the County so make plans to evacuate to another area.
Visit the Know Your Zone website below and determine you evacuation zone.