Q: How do I know if I’m in an evacuation zone?
A: Knowing your evacuation zone is one of the most important hurricane preparation steps you can take. It is very important that you look up your evacuation zone each year to find out if and when you should evacuate, even if you have looked it up in the past, as zones can change. Most importantly, don’t rely on previous storm experience. Just because you weathered the last storm, doesn’t mean you will weather this one.Look up your address online at myescambia.com/knowyourzone.
Q: Why am I not in an evacuation zone (not A, B, C, D or E)?
A: Because your home is not considered to be in a risk area, particularly from storm surge. In this case, you will need to do what makes you and your family feel safe. If you are in a mobile home or have special needs, you should consider sheltering in a different location.
Q: What are the evacuation routes?
A: It's important to know how you will leave if an evacuation is ever called. Please see http://bit.ly/2eJAKzm. Or see our disaster guide for a map http://bit.ly/2wGak6j.
Q: Are the bridges going to close?
A: Residents are asked to stay off the roads on beginning Tuesday afternoon if possible, as wind gusts and flash flooding may cause serious road hazardous.
With Gordon's wind field enlarged, the potential for bridge closures has increased. It is highly recommended that if bridges are part of your travel, that you make your way to your evening destination by 4 p.m., Tuesday.
While it can be very frustrating, it is very important to note that road and bridge closures are truly weather dependent. We cannot "guess" when or if closures will happen. In the event that standing water makes a road impassable or there are sustained winds (NOT gusts) of 39 mph making a bridge unsafe, the specific location will be announced as soon as possible.
There are also several online resources available every day, 24/7: