Hurricane season runs from June 1-Nov. 30 every year—and as climate change creates more quick-forming, powerful storms, it's important to be prepared.
Sarasota County Emergency Services has put together an interactive "Know Your Level" map that lists evacuation zones, evacuation routes, shelters and hospital locations. Enter your address and the county will show you that information based on your location, as well as information about how storm surge could affect your home or business. The map was recently updated based on newly run storm surge models provided by the state through the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council.
Similarly, Manatee County also proves a "Learn Your Level" tool for residents, which also lists evacuation levels and zones, evacuation routes, shelters, sand bag pick-up locations and more. The county emphasizes that evacuation levels are not the same as flood zones and do not correlate to the category of a hurricane. All residents and visitors in mobile homes, manufactured homes, RVs or travel trailers must evacuate when hurricane evacuation Level A is issued, regardless of where you're located.
In both counties, evacuation levels change as new data becomes available and as the coastline changes, so residents should check their level ever year.