Emergency Management

Interim Staff Contact:

Brian Ellis
Disaster Recovery Coordinator
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Suite 100
Pinellas Park, Florida 33782
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 10

County Hurricane Guides, Evacuation Maps & Shelter Lists

    Evacuation Zones

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 Tampa Bay 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. The storm surge heights associated with the direct hit of a hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Storm surge is historically the most deadly of all hurricane hazards. 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, contact your County Emergency Management office today.

2008 County Hurricane Guides & Evacuation Zones










*These are larges files and may take a few moments to open.

To download the .eps or .ai versions of the hurricane guide maps click here.


2008 County Shelter Lists






County Storm Surge Maps

The evacuation levels (A, B, C, D & E) are based on the anticipated storm surge from a landfalling category 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 hurricane, respectively. The projected surge heights are determined by the NOAA model, SLOSH*. Because of the shallow Gulf waters and the configuration of Tampa, our surge heights could be significantly higher than along the Atlantic coast. Below are the maps indicating storm tide limits.

*SLOSH stands for Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes


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