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Before the Event

(Also See Shelters and Transportation)   

Top Tips

  • Hurricane evacuations are ordered by the County Administrator to protect coastal residents from the dangerous storm surge.
  • There are two evacuation plans – A and B. The type of evacuation ordered will be based upon the severity of the storm.
  • Listen to local radio and television stations for shelter openings. Shelters open approximately 4 hours after an evacuation is ordered.
  • If you evacuate outside Broward County leave early, while the weather is still nice. Roadways may be jammed. Avoid routes along the seashore, lakes and canals.
  • If you are NOT told to evacuate, it does not mean you are safe in your home. While the sea may not flood your home, hurricane winds can be very destructive.
  • For a list of items you should take with you to a Red Cross Evacuation Shelter, see the "Shelter" section of this document.  

EVACUATION PLAN A - for Hurricane Category 1 or 2 

Typical Storm Conditions and Evacuation Criteria

  • Storm surge is 4-7 feet above sea level with winds from 74-110 miles per hour.
  • All mobile home residents, residents beside tidal bodies of water and in low-lying areas, and residents east of the Intracoastal Waterway should evacuate.

EVACUATION PLAN B - for Hurricane 3 or higher

Typical Storm Conditions and Evacuation Criteria

  • Storm surge is 7-11 feet above sea level with winds of 111 miles per hour or greater.
  • In addition to those required to evacuate under Plan A, all residents east of U.S. 1 (Federal Highway) should evacuate.

Updated May 2012