“Know Your Zone” Evacuation Tool Updates Color-Coded Map

Users also now have the ability to view aerial imagery.

know your zone mapIn the wake of Hurricane Isaias, the City is emphasizing the importance of preparation and awareness, particularly given that peak hurricane season has just begun.

At the end of July, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced a change in the color coding for the Know Your Zone website, which provides tiered evacuation zones to help clarify whether residents should evacuate in an emergency or shelter at home, based on their physical street address and the nature of the emergency event.

However, it is important to note that while the zone colors changed, the evacuation zones did not. You can look up your zone by visiting knowyourzoneva.org and then entering your street address in the search bar. Be aware that the map tool contains a lot of data and may take a while to load. Make sure you wait until the map has loaded completely before entering your address. 

Zone A is now red (formerly blue), and this zone is at the highest risk during a hurricane event. Zone B is orange (formerly green), Zone C is yellow (formerly light orange), and Zone D is blue (formerly hot pink). Some areas of Virginia Beach are not in a zone – these areas are at the least risk of flooding due to storm surge during a hurricane. However, should the storm be particularly severe, these areas would follow the same evacuation instructions as Zone D.   

In addition to the color changes, VDEM has included a feature that allows users to view aerial imagery for greater detail. 

With the development of more storms likely in the coming months, now is the time to prepare your home and family. For tips on hurricane preparedness, visit VBgov.com/beprepared. You can also download the official Virginia Hurricane Evacuation guide: Hurricane Evacuation Guide (PDF).
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