SARASOTA -- Hurricane evacuation zone signs will be installed at key traffic intersections throughout Sarasota city limits next week to remind motorists and pedestrians of their evacuation zone.
Known as collars, the vinyl reflective signs will be attached to stop signs in the A and B evacuation zones, which are the most vulnerable areas during a tropical weather Evacuation Zone A event. A total of 367 collars will be attached to stop signs year round. “Hurricane season just ended, but we’re continually preparing and planning,” said Sarasota Emergency Manager Todd Kerkering. “One of the most important aspects of your family’s hurricane plan is to know your evacuation zone and to be ready to leave if and when the order goes out. Having these evacuation zone signs posted throughout the year will help remind people what zone they live in and how to respond to an approaching storm.” Evacuation Zone A is considered to be most at-risk for storm surge. Residents in Zone A would be advised by emergency management officials to evacuate first, followed by Zone B. Evacuation zones are based upon the potential threat of storm surge, which is one of the deadliest aspects of a hurricane To determine your evacuation zone, go to Sarasota County Emergency Management webpage SCGov.net Only the highest at-risk areas of the five zones will have signage. The collars are not an emergency management requirement. This hurricane readiness signage program is a joint venture between the city and Sarasota County. The signs were purchased via Sarasota County Emergency Management grant and will be installed by the Public Works Department. “We worked closely with Sarasota County Emergency Management to map out the intersections where the signs will be installed," said Public Works Director Doug Jeffcoat.
Information: 941-365-2200, ext. 6101.