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Evacuation Order issued for Escambia County

Graphic: Hurricane Nate Source: WEAR

Evacuations were ordered for Zones A and B at 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Evacuations are being called in preparation for potentially dangerous storm surge, not flooding or wind. If you live in a mobile home or have special needs, you should consider evacuation no matter the zone in which you live if evacuations are called in the county.

Zone A and B include Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key and low lying coastal areas.

In Escambia County, the terms “voluntary” or “mandatory” are not used with regard to evacuations. When evacuation orders are given, residents and visitors are expected to comply as it is a government order.

You also must consider that bridges close for safety at sustained (not gusts) wind speeds of 39 MPH or greater. At this time, this may take place as early as late afternoon Saturday, Oct. 7th. Once this happens, you will not be able to leave via a bridge and may be stranded at your location.

If you choose not to evacuate, you must understand that when sustained wind speeds reach 39 mph or storm surge cover roadways, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and fire departments may not be able to come to your aid

To look up your address online, click here: http://bit.ly/2vGzR1R. You can search by address or parcel number and then look for the “Emergency Management Report.” The address function is self-populating, so type slowly and then choose the address from the drop-down list. Evacuation routes can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2eJAKzm.

The Citizen Information Line is open 24 hours a day until further notice. Residents with questions may call 850-471-6600. Escambia County Emergency Operations Center is at a level 1 activation, or full staffing, until further notice.

The Escambia County Commission enacted a local state of emergency at their Oct. 5 regularly scheduled board meeting. Declaring a local state of emergency allows the county to make formal requests to the state and FEMA for assistance if needed.

The following shelters will be open at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7. Please do not arrive before 8 a.m.:

Pet-Friendly Shelter

- Molino Park Elementary School, 899 Highway 97

Special Needs Shelter Only

- West Florida High School Buildings 9, 25 & 26 2400 Longleaf Drive

General Population Shelters

- Jim Bailey Middle School, 4110 Bauer Road

- Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St.

- Marie Young/Wedgewood Community Center, 6405 Wagner Road


If you go to a shelter, you will need to take the following items to support you and your family:

• A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes

• Toiletries and personal items

• Blankets or sleeping bags and pillows

• ID and any important papers

• Games, toys or books for children

• Books for adults

• Special items for infants or elderly family members

• Any special dietary needs & nonperishable foods for snacks

• Battery-operated radio, flashlights and plenty of spare batteries

• Prescription medications or any over-the-counter medications you normally take

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