Evacuation Basics

Plan ahead

Know your evacuation zone, local shelter locations and evacuation routes before storm season arrives.

Understand Evacuation Orders

  • Recommended evacuation – Conditions may be dangerous.
  • Mandatory evacuation – Conditions are serious. Florida law requires you leave impacted areas.

Prepare Your Pets

Identify pet-friendly shelters, and take a pet emergency bag. Pack any pet IDs, vaccination information, and photos of you and your pet.

Bring Emergency Items

These can include a first-aid kit, medicines and prescriptions, IDs; copies of important documents, baby food and diapers, toiletries, games, flashlights, batteries, blankets and sleeping bags.

Activate Your Family Communication Plan

Make sure everyone knows how or where to contact each other if you become separated. Also call your out-of-area contacts to let them know you are safe.

Hurricane Irma

Evacuations Ordered

Due to Hurricane Irma, the following evacuation orders have been issued:

  • Brevard County – Mandatory evacuations for zone A, Merritt Island, the barrier islands, and low-lying areas
  • Broward County – Mandatory evacuations for areas east of Federal Highway and barrier islands, as well as mobile homes and low-lying areas
  • Charlotte County – Voluntary evacuations for Don Pedro Island, Knight Island (Palm Island), Little Gasparilla Island, Manosota Key, all mobile homes
  • Citrus County – Mandatory evacuations for areas west of Highway 19, 1 1/2 miles east of Highway 19, excluding Sugarmill Woods, as well as Crystal River, mobile homes and low-lying areas
  • Collier County – Mandatory evacuations for Goodland, Everglades City, Chokoloskee, and all moble homes.
  • Desoto County – Voluntary evacuations for mobile homes, RV parks and low-lying areas
  • Duval County – Mandatory evacuations for zones A and B, mobile homes and low-lying areas
  • Flagler County – Mandatory evacuations for zones A, B, C, F, and all types of nursing homes within coastal and Intercoastal areas
  • Glades County – Mandatory evacuations for zone A, mobile home, RV parks, areas around Lake Okeechobee and building constructed before 1992
  • Hardee County – Voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas, mobile homes and port structures
  • Hendry County – Voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas, non-slab-built home, mobile homes and RVs
  • Hernando County – Mandatory evacuations for zones A and B and mobile homes
  • Highlands County – Voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas, and mobile/manufactured homes 
  • Hillsborough County – Voluntary evacuations for special-needs residents in zone A 
  • Indian River County – Voluntary evacuations for the barrier islands and low-lying areas
  • Lee County – Mandatory evacuations for barrier islands and other areas
  • Manatee County – Voluntary evacuations for zone A, mobile homes, and low lying areas
  • Martin County – Mandatory evacuations for the barrier islands, Sewall's Point, manufactured/mobile homes and low-lying areas
  • Miami-Dade County – Mandatory evacuations for zone A, B and parts of zone C, all mobile homes, and the barrier islands
  • Monroe County – Mandatory evacuations for all visitors and residents.
  • Pasco County – Mandatory evacuations for areas west of U.S. 19, other areas, special needs residents, manufactured homes, mobile homes, RV's and low-lying areas. Voluntary evacuations for areas south of Fox Hollow Drive to the south county line between Regency Park Boulevard/Rowan Road/Seven Springs Boulevard and Little Road
  • Palm Beach County – Mandatory evacuations for zones A and B and the Glades. Voluntary evacuation for zone C and Lake zone E.
  • Pinellas County – Mandatory evacuations for zone A, all mobile homes, beach communities and low lying areas
  • St. Lucie County – Mandatory evacuations for north and south Hutchinson Island, manufactured homes and low-lying areas

Evacuation Resources 

Florida Tolls Suspended 

Governor Rick Scott has directed the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to suspend tolls across the entire State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. By suspending all tolls, Floridians and visitors will more easily be able to prepare for any potential storm impacts, access important hurricane supplies, and quickly and safely evacuate when necessary.

  • For real-time traffic information about interstate, highways, many major roadways and most toll roads, visit Florida 511.