PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - New lines for hurricane evacuation maps were released Tuesday morning by the Division of Emergency Management.
The changes will alter which areas will be evacuated in case of certain categories of storm.
For example, in Boca Raton, the maps last updated in 2002 concentrated evacuation lines in the area along the coastline and barrier islands. The new maps released Tuesday take the lines miles west to I-95, encompassing new neighborhoods and homes.
A new study conducted by the EOC included thousands of simulated hurricanes to make the new maps. The Division of Emergency Management increased the evacuation zones from two zones to five. Palm Beach County Public Safety says the changes will mean a reduction in the number of residents who have to be evacuated due to storm surge at any one time.
Experts say, the changes will not affect how much residents pay for homeowners insurance.
The changes are a result of the Florida Legislature's passage of House Bill 7121, requiring the Florida Division of Emergency Management to update all of the Regional Evacuation Studies in the state.
Experts say, you must evacuate anywhere in Palm Beach County if you live in a manufactured home, if your home is of substandard construction, or if your home is located in an area that is prone to severe flooding. Having a plan ahead of time is important.
For more information about how the change will affect your area, and to view the new maps, visit http://www.pbcgov.com/dem/evacuate/
For useful tips for evacuation, visit http://www.pbcgov.com/dem/hurricane/