'Know Your Zone': Map Out When To Get Out

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

By: Mike Springer
May 30, 2013

Panacea, FL - Those who live along Florida's coast are no strangers to flooding.

"Last time there was a hurricane, there was three feet of water here and I wouldn't even be able to pull into my driveway," said Panacea resident, Diane Dyal.

Dyal's Panacea home is in the flood zone. It's why she has her evacuation plan all mapped out.

"I take my cat and my vehicle and drive to Tallahassee and just stay there," said Dyal.

Emergency Officials say one the best ways to plan for a disaster is to know your zones.

That means knowing when to evacuate and what areas are potentially at risk for storm surges and flooding.

"It's important that people know where they fall in those evacuation zones so when we ask people to evacuate they are able to," said Scott Nelson, the director of emergency management for the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.

Wakulla is divided into three evacuation zones: A, B and C. With 'A' being the first zone to evacuate.

"We can't stop them. We can't turn them. We can barely predict them. So the best thing they can do is be ready for them when they come," said Nelson.

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