Choosing whether or not to evacuate is not an easy decision most of the time. Storms can be extremely unpredictable, so it is usually best to use the information available to you to make the best decision for your family.

We recommend evacuating if you live in a special flood zone, you live in a home that is not structurally sound or a manufactured home, you have experienced flooding in the past, or if you feel it is best for your family for any reason.

If you need to evacuate to a shelter, here is a website that lists the shelters available in the state of Florida: floridadisaster.org/shelters.

If you decide to stay, it’s important to have a plan for communication after the storm. It’s best to have an out of town contact that knows where you will be during the storm and can call and check on you after the storm has passed to make sure you’re safe.