Know Your Zone
Stay Safe. Find Your Evacuation Zone Today.
Know Your Zone
The COVID-19 global pandemic is affecting how we prepare for hurricane season. Now more than ever, we ask all Maryland residents to be prepared for hurricane season. COVID-related information is noted in yellow on this page.
All You Have To Do Is Know Your Zone
Step 1: Click the 'Find Your Zone' button, Step 2: Enter your Address on the map,
Step 3: See your zone in the search results, Step 4: Evacuate your zone
if told to do so by local officials.
What Is It?
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.
How Will It Help You?
Knowing your zone will help you avoid unnecessary evacuation travel, thereby reducing highway congestion, easing overcrowding at local storm shelters and boosting public safety.
How Do You Use It?
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.
How To Use Know Your Zone (Video)
To receive alerts, tips, and resources related to COVID-19 and other threats and hazards affecting or that may affect Maryland during this hurricane season and beyond, text "MdReady" to 211-MD1.
Know About Hurricanes
A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that can be accompanied by thunderstorms. Hurricanes have sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour and an area of low air pressure in the center called the eye. Hurricanes are given a category—1 through 5—based on wind speed. The higher the winds, the higher the category. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October.
There are four main threats that hurricanes bring, which are:
- Storm surge and tidal flooding
- Flooding rains
- Hazardous wind
Torrential rains cause further damage by causing floods and landslides, which not only threaten coastal communities but may impact communities many miles inland.
Learn More About Hurricane Emergencies
Many people are under financial and psychological stress because of COVID-19, and the start of hurricane season can add to that stress. One way to alleviate some stress is to prepare ahead and plan for things you can control.If an evacuation order is issued during the COVID-19 pandemic, you must leave based on your evacuation zone. The immediate threat to life from a hurricane is more severe than the potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Marylanders are understandably concerned about exposing themselves to COVID-19 during evacuation and there are also ways to protect ourselves and those around us. To the best of your ability and greatest extent possible, do the following while evacuated:
- Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people.
- Wear face coverings and know how to use them properly.
- Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer during transit.
- Disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly.
- Avoid touching your face.
Know About Hurricane Evacuation In Maryland
Make sure you have a plan if you need to evacuate, prepare a disaster supply kit to the best of your ability, and follow up-to-date weather information. You should also make sure the supply kit has adequate masks and hand sanitizer for everyone in your evacuation group.
Read the Complete Hurricane Evacuation Guide (PDF)
During the COVID-19 pandemic, your kit should also include 2 face coverings per person, hand sanitizer, and disinfectants.
Know How To Make An Emergency Kit
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find. Many of these items may already be in your home and any one of them could save your life.
Learn More About Emergency Kits
Know How To Recover From A Hurricane
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,
Governor 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, Acting Secretary,
Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM)
Know Your Zone FAQs
Frequently asked questions about the new Know Your Zone map.
Evacuation zones are designated as A, B, or C. They are in place across coastal counties in Maryland as well as Prince George’s County. In the event of a severe storm event, like a named tropical storm or a hurricane or other emergency, residents of one or more zones may be directed to evacuate depending on tides, storm intensity, path, and other factors.
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.
When there is sufficient notification provided for a potential threat hazard requiring evacuation, emergency management teams will make every effort to provide messaging to at risk populations as early as possible. All residents should take extra precautions to be prepared to evacuate immediately upon request from your local and state leadership. People who are considered at 'high risk', or people who may have an increased level of vulnerability for a safe evacuation process, should evacuate as soon as possible when evacuations are recommended, and should take all critical supplies with them when they evacuate, including medicine, communications devices, and mobility tools. Individuals considered at risk for COVID-19 infections should make plans for non-congregate sheltering options, and be prepared to maintain contact with their local health department representatives, as necessary, and observe social distancing requirements during evacuations.
Include face coverings, hand sanitizer, and disinfectants in your go-bag to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while you are evacuated. Also, make sure you include:
- Medications, copy of medical records & prescriptions
- Soap, toothbrush & toothpaste
- Birth & marriage certificates
- Documents that prove where you live
- List of emergency contacts
- Insurance policies
- Pet supplies
Much like personal preparedness, there are many steps you can take to protect your business before the storm forms. Start thinking about how COVID has affected your business operations and start designing plans that will withstand hurricane impacts. We understand the cost of the economic shutdown has been damaging in itself, but there are many no to low cost measures you can take to help you increase preparedness for any event.
Take this time to update the documentation of assets, review your insurance plans to understand your coverage, and design plans and foster partnerships to improve resiliency. If you have not signed up, we encourage you to sign up to be a Private Sector Integration Program (PSIP) member, for up to date awareness, and a lasting partnership in the face of any event: https://mema.maryland.gov/community/Pages/PSIP-Welcome.aspx
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.
Nineteen localities participate in the program including City of Annapolis, Baltimore City and Town of Ocean City.
- Anne Arundel
- Prince George's
- Queen Anne's
- St. Mary's
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 State of Maryland 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.
Stay Safe. Find Your Evacuation Zone Today.