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Hillsborough County – Map updates place many residents in new evacuation zones

The 2022 Evacuation Zone Map has an estimated 75,000 residents in an evacuation zone for the first time

Hillsborough County, Florida (June 6, 2022) – Many Hillsborough County residents, including those who live in a large area of ​​east Tampa, are included in a storm evacuation zone for the first time this year.

Using data from the 2020 U.S. Census and the latest marine, lake, and land surges caused by hurricanes (WADE) from the National Hurricane Center, Hillsborough County has updated its evacuation zones for the 2022 hurricane season which begins June 1. Nearly 75,000 residents will find themselves in an evacuation zone for the first time because of the maps.

Hillsborough residents can find out which evacuation zone their home is in by visiting HCFLGov.net/HEAT.

The biggest map change is in East Tampa. The area bounded roughly by the Hillsborough River to the north, Harney Road to the east, I-4 to the south, and I-275 to the west, and was moved to Zone E (the evacuation zone final) not to be in an evacuation zone before.

Another 55,000 residents previously in an evacuation zone have been redesigned outside the evacuation zones for the first time this year.

Based on 2020 census data, updated evacuation zones see:

  • Residents unchanged: 1,289,604 (88.3% of Hillsborough population)
  • Residents moved to a higher area (e.g. from A to B): 107,334 (7.4%)
  • Residents moved to a lower zone (e.g. from B to A): 62,824 (4.3%)

All residents living in mobile homes are included in Evacuation Zone A, regardless of where they live. Storm evacuations keep residents out of the path of storm surges, but mobile homes are not designed to withstand the winds of storms. Therefore, these residents are asked to evacuate with Area A.

Residents are urged to begin preparations for storm season now. Review your evacuation area and prepare a disaster kit for an extended evacuation or power outage. Check with your elderly neighbors and family members to make sure they also have a plan.

Go to HCFLGov.net/StaySafe for more information on how to prepare for storm season.

While checking for updated evacuation zones, residents are also encouraged to sign up for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County’s official notification system, at HCFLGov.net/HCFLAlert.

Residents are reminded that evacuation zones and flood zones are two different cards which measure different conditions. It is important to know the difference before storm season arrives.

Link: Map of evacuation zones 2022 compared to 2021