Nassau County Hurricane Evacuation Zones
Northeast Florida Hurricane Evacuation Study - Geographic Descriptions
New evacuation zones, which have been approved by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, have been released beginning for the 2014 Hurricane Season.
The new evacuation zones are based on storm surge, which is water that is pushed toward the shore by the hurricane force of winds. Advancing surge, combined with normal tides, create hurricane storm tide. This can increase water levels fifteen (15) feet or more. Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane.
The storm surge zones were generated by computer models that utilized some of the most technologically advanced data of its kind to determine comprehensive storm surge for Northeast Florida. Based on this comprehensive storm surge, the impacted area of the County and the number of residents and businesses in an evacuation zone has increased dramatically.
Nassau County Emergency Management and the Nassau County Property Appraiser’s GIS Director reviewed the storm surge for Nassau County to complete the new evacuation zones. Evacuation zones now reach the Westside of the county, along the St. Mary’s River, and include everything east of the Intracoastal (Shave Bridge). Other factors were taken into consideration when creating the zones, such as low-lying areas, and areas with historical flooding problems, and access points.
It is important to remember that Fernandina Beach is a barrier island. Although there are two ways to enter, during a tropical storm or hurricane, access to and from Hecksher Drive will be controlled. The Shave Bridge is the main access point. This could be damaged and destroyed, therefore, restricting any first responders and service providers from providing any type of services to those stranded on the island. Baptist Medical Center Nassau will be evacuated.
Please learn your evacuation zone, plan your destination and travel routes, and create a preparedness kit prior to hurricane season, which begins on June 1, each year.
Additional Evacuation Information
Additional evacuation information for residents in mobile homes, low-lying areas, special needs, and non-evacuation zones are included in all media releases.
If you'd like to learn which zone you are in, please visit the Property Appraiser's website and look on the left under Available Map Layers, go to Public Safety and then evacuation zones.
Storm Surge Figure