The Pinellas County Emergency Management team and website makes it easy for people to know their evacuation zone and find hotels and accommodations near them.
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.
North Shore Elementary School is located at 200 35th Ave. NE. When the address is entered in the Pinellas County's "Know Your Zone" website, the results are:
Evacuation Zone B: Potential Surge 8-14 feet.
Closest Hurricane Shelters: John N Sexton Elementary School, at 1997 54th Avenue North; Lealman Middle School 4900 28th St. North; St. Pete High School, 2501 5th Ave. North.
Closest Special Needs Shelters: John Hopkins Middle School, Oak Grove Middle School.
People living in a mobile home must evacuate, even if they are not located in an evacuation zone.
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.
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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