"Know Your Zone" - Learn if you live or work in a Hurricane Evacuation Zone!
Hurricane evacuation zones are areas that may be inundated by storm surge or isolated by storm surge waters. As a hurricane approaches, local and state officials may use the evacuation zones (Zone A, B or C) to identify areas to be evacuated. Know whether you live or work in an Evacuation Zone (Zone A, B or C) and follow evacuation orders if they are issued.
Evacuations during a hurricane may be necessary due to the danger and threat of storm surge. Storm surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tide. Storm surge is one of the most dangerous hazards associated with hurricanes. It is the leading cause of deaths in the U.S. from tropical cyclones and hurricanes.
Know Your Zone is a preparedness campaign in Massachusetts that will reduce injuries and loss of life from coastal flooding during a hurricane. Use the interactive Hurricane Evacuation Zone map to find out if you live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone. The best way to be prepared for the possibility of a hurricane Evacuation is to know your evacuation zone and develop your emergency plan (such as your destination and travel routes) ahead of time.
Evacuation zone maps are also available in PDF file format by community. For more information on how the hurricane evacuation zone maps were made (using hurricane inundation maps) and instructions please see the More Information About Hurricane Inundation and Evacuation Maps webpage.
For more hurricane preparedness related information and tips, see MEMA’s Hurricanes webpage.
For emergency managers and public safety officials, see MEMA’s Hurricane Resources for Emergency Managers webpage for more information.
Hurricane evacuation zones should not be confused with flood insurance risk zones, which are designated by FEMA and available in the form of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). You can determine whether you live in a flood insurance risk zone by visiting https://msc.fema.gov/.