Hurricane evacuation zones: Here's what you need to know in Duval County

During a tropical storm or hurricane, the biggest threats to life and property often come from storm surges and flooding from rain.

To help residents determine whether their homes are in danger, evacuation zones have been established. Here's what you need to know.

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Duval County Evacuation Zones
Duval County Evacuation Zones

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What evacuation zone am I in?

In Duval County, learn your evacuation zone by downloading the JaxReady app or going to JaxReady.com. Knowing your zone lets you know when an evacuation has been ordered in your area, and downloading the app lets you receive weather alerts and information on shelter openings and availability. The shelters being opened, and which ones will have room, will depend on circumstances in a particular storm. Having the app lets you get up-to-date information. (Live outside of Duval? Check St. Johns, Clay and Nassau.)

When should I evacuate?

When a hurricane or tropical storm approaches, emergency management officials will put out evacuation announcements well before the storm hits, which will be released through the mayor and other public officials.

What should I know about evacuating?

Your plan should include evacuation routes and ways to communicate and a place to meet up if people are separated. Make evacuation plans measured in tens of miles, not hundreds, so think about relatives or friends whose homes can become places to meet or to leave word for your family if you become separated. Practice the plan with your family so everybody knows what to do. Share the information with people you trust.

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Jacksonville, Duval County: Hurricane evacuation zones