Emergency Management

Staff Contact:

Brady Smith, AICP, CFM
Principal Planner
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Suite 100
Pinellas Park, Florida 33782
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 42

County Hurricane Guides, Evacuation Maps & Shelter Lists

    2010 Tampa Bay Hurricane Guide

These are the official hurricane evacuation zone maps for the counties in the Tampa Bay Region. A hurricane evacuation will be ordered by Level (A, B, C, D or E) as shown on these color-coded maps. The maps also show the location of evacuation routes and public shelters.

The evacuation plans in the Tampa Bay region call for one of five evacuation levels. These are called Evacuation Levels A, B, C, D, or E. Each level requires the evacuation of successively more zones inland. . All structures will be affected by the hurricane-force winds. However, mobile homes residents are extremely vulnerable.


If you need assistance in locating your zone, evacuation route, or evacuation shelter, please contact your county's Emergency Management office.


The Official Hurricane Guide for the Tampa Bay Region
(WEB Version - English)


The Official Hurricane Guide for the Tampa Bay Region
(PRINT Version - English)


County Evacuation Zone Maps








2010 GuÍas de huracÁn Y zonas de evacuaciÓn (VersiÓn EspaÑol)






2010 County Shelter Lists






Changes to the Hurricane Evacuation Maps in 2010

A number of changes have been made in the evacuation zone maps for the 2010 hurricane season. A significant number of residents will see their evacuation level change from previous years. These changes are due to improvements and enhancements of the SLOSH (Sea, Lake, Overland, Surge from Hurricanes) model. This program, used by the National Hurricane Center, FEMA, and local emergency managers, is a valuable tool when determining areas vulnerable to storm surge.

We know hurricanes are not always "well-behaved" in their track or "average" in their size and forward speed. For example, in 2005, Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 storm at landfall, yet produced a higher storm surge than catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Camille in 1969. In 2008, Hurricnae Ike, a large Category 2 storm, brought 24 feet of surge to parts of the Texas coast. In 2010, faster computers allow modelers to consider a greater number of storm scenarios than in the past. By simulating more than 13,000 hypothetical storms in the SLOSH model, more scenarios may be considered when facing a real-life storm threat headed our way.

In addition to the changes in evacuation zones themselves, you may notice a different color scheme on the evacuation maps. This is not accidental. Emergency management officials want to emphasize the danger level within each zone. If you live or work along the coast in Evacuation Level A (red), you are at a serious risk from storm surge in a Category 1 hurricane, and you could receive over 28 feet of storm surge in a Category 5 hurricane with violent wave action along the coast. While the surge depth is reduced as the storm moves inland, remember that moving water just 18 inches deep will likely sweep an adult off his or her feet.



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