After clicking the button above you will be directed to the KnowYourZone Map
Know Your Zone is a new color-coded interactive map you can use to determine which storm evacuation zone you live in based upon your street address.
Knowing your zone will help you avoid unnecessary evacuation travel, thereby reducing highway congestion, easing overcrowding at local storm shelters and boosting public safety.
Simply click the 'Find Your Zone" button. Enter your address on the map and view your color-coded evacuation zone. Emergency managers will work with local media and use social media and other tools to notify residents of impacted zones and what to do to stay safe.
A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that can be accompanied by thunderstorms.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak
occurring between mid-August and late October.
Learn More About Hurricane Emergencies
A hurricane’s high winds may spawn tornadoes. Torrential rains cause further
damage by causing floods and landslides, which not only threaten coastal communities but may impact
communities many miles inland.
Read the Complete Hurricane Evacuation Guide (PDF)
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life.
Learn More About Emergency Kits
Flooding and debris from forceful winds are often the deadly and destructive results of a Hurricane. As you return home and begin the recovery phase, keep these safety tips in mind.
Learn Hurricane Recovery Tips
"As experts are forecasting an active Hurricane season this year, I strongly encourage all Marylanders to be proactive, prepared, and to Know Your Zone,” said Governor Hogan. “We are all too familiar with the devastating impacts of severe weather and flooding, so remain vigilant, spread the word to your friends, family, neighbors and let them know about the importance of this potentially life-saving initiative.”
~ Larry Hogan, Governer of Maryland
it only takes one storm to change your life. I urge you to please,
Know Your Zone, know what to do in case of an emergency, and
know the resources available to you to help you in the recovery process. This information and important resources are available for you in this website and through our Hurricane Evacuation Guide. Thank you for visiting our Know Your Zone site and for playing a role in making a better, more resilient, and more prepared Maryland."
~ Russell Strickland, Executive Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
Simply put, knowing your zone and knowing when to evacuate can save your family’s and your life.
When an evacuation is ordered, your zone will determine when you should evacuate. Having tiered evacuation zones decreases the possibility that roads will be overwhelmed with heavy traffic by spacing out the traffic load throughout the evacuation period.
Yes. Each year, many coastal communities in Maryland experience threats from hurricanes including heavy rains, strong winds, rip currents, floods and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes. A hurricane’s high winds may spawn tornadoes. Torrential rains cause further damage by causing floods and landslides, which not only threaten coastal communities but may impact communities many miles inland.
When a storm or hurricane is approaching, emergency managers will determine which zones are most at risk considering the intensity, path, speed, tides and other meteorological factors. Emergency managers at the state and local level will work with local media and use social media and other tools to notify residents of impacted zones what they should do to stay safe.
Depending on the emergency, being safe might mean staying at home, a short trip to higher ground, or traveling to a different region of the state.
Depending on the strength of the hurricane officials will decide which zones will be evacuated. If the hurricane is not anticipated to cause flooding in all zones officials may decide to evacuate just one or two zones. Residents not within an evacuation zone should be prepared to evacuate if conditions change and should contact their local emergency management office with questions.
Eighteen localities participate in the program. They include the cities of Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City, as well as the following counties:
The tiered evacuation zones identify areas vulnerable to flooding with precision that was not available until 2017. The newest technology and data allows emergency managers to tell residents of coastal Maryland more clearly whether they need to evacuate or shelter at home during a storm or other emergency.
The program consolidates hundreds of complex local evacuation areas into easy-to-understand zones. This makes it much easier to communicate with residents as a storm approaches.
The zones help citizens avoid unnecessary evacuation travel, thereby reducing highway congestion, easing overcrowding at local storm shelters, and boosting public safety.
If your address is not located in a designated zone, the good news is you are not expected to be evacuated due to any of the identified storm scenarios.
However, that does not mean you will never have to heed instructions from your local emergency manager for major emergencies. You should still know how to protect your family from potential risks in the Commonwealth and listen closely to emergency communications during any severe weather event or emergency. Conditions can change quickly and emergency managers will provide you the best instructions to stay safe.
Learn more about preparing your family and business for any emergency at http://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/resources-hurricane.aspx
Some Internet or mobile services may have trouble loading the interactive map. You can still Know Your Zone by calling 2-1-1 or your local emergency manager.
5401 Rue Saint Lo Drive, Reisterstown, MD
Toll Free: 1-877-MEMA-USA (1-877-636-2872)