Living and working in a coastal area can pose a significant threat of rising water during tropical events. Charlotte County, known for its 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 a storm threatens Charlotte County.
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 in significant traffic and delays on area roadways.
Know where you will evacuate to in advance and leave well before the storm. 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.
There are five Evacuation Zones, A through E, also shown as Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Purple.
Evacuation Zones are not based solely on the elevation of your residence. The Zones are determined using data provided by the National Hurricane Center, elevation, and evacuation routes. The correlation between storm surge and the category of an approaching storm has been discontinued.
Do not base your decision to remain in your residence on storm category. Your decision should be based on the recommendations of the Emergency Management Office in cooperation with the local National Weather Service Office.
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