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Know Your Evacuation Zone

No one wants to be told they must leave their home, especially if that home is in danger; however, evacuation orders may be issued to protect lives and allow first responder resources (police, paramedics and fire fighters) to conduct important operations during a disaster.  Under Florida Statute 252.38, local governments have the authority to take necessary steps, including issuing evacuation orders, to provide for the health and safety of people and property within the jurisdiction when an imminent hazard puts them at risk.  Evacuation orders apply to residents, pets, businesses, hospitals, assisted living facilities, government entities, and emergency services in the affected area.  Chapter 252.50, F. S., sets refusal to follow an evacuation order as a second-degree misdemeanor.  

As the maps below illustrate, Nassau has established All-Hazards Evacuation Zones throughout the county.  Click either of the map images below for a larger, high-resolution version of the Evacuation Zones maps.  Evacuation Zones are not Flood Zones, but flooding potential was one of the factors considered when zones were determined.  While most evacuations in Nassau have been ordered in response to the threat of tropical cyclones and flooding, they may also be issued when wildfire, an accidental release of hazardous materials, or other hazard threatens an area.  Sometimes, an order to shelter-in-place may be issued rather than an evacuation order.  Listen closely and follow emergency warning messages from local officials.

Map of Nassau County Florida colorized to indicate designated Evacuation Zones
Map of the east half of Nassau County FL colorized to indicate designated Evacuation Zones
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