Hurricane Evacuation Zones And Guidelines For Miami-Dade/Broward Residents

We're right in the middle of hurricane season here in South Florida and halfway through the Atlantic Ocean Tropical Storm names, so if you haven't yet devise a plan to evacuate in case things go bad!

Both Miami-Dade and Broward counties have Storm Surge planning zones as well as evacuation tips they have published online so that SoFlo residents know what to do when the time comes. Here's a preview of the zones:


  • Zone A is at greatest risk for storm surge for Category 1 and higher storms.
  • Zone B is at risk for storm surge for Category 2 and higher storms.
  • Zone C is at risk for storm surge for Category 3 and higher storms.
  • Zone D is at risk for storm surge for Category 4 and higher storms.
  • Zone E is at risk for storm surge from Category 5 storms.


EVACUATION PLAN A - for Hurricane Category 1 or 2 

  • 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 

  • 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. 

And the maps:

As reported by NBC Miami, here's some things you may want to make sure you have on you in the case of evacuation:

  • Sleeping bag/mat or folding cot/lawn chair
  • Infant and child care items, such as formula, diapers, toys, etc.
  • Cash
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Comfort materials, such as books, magazines, etc.
  • Medication (refrigeration will be available for prescription or emergency medication)
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks
  • Extra clothing
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

For the full list, provided by Broward, check out below:

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