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Not too early to start preparing for hurricane season

Hurricane season is still over three months away, but it is never to early to start preparing.

The season begins on June 1st and goes until November 30th.
If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone in Escambia County you'll be getting a card in the mail this week.
Jim Carmack/Channel 3 News
"If you live in an evacuation zone, Escambia County wants to make sure you know about it.  They're sending out postcards like this to make sure you're prepared for hurricane season."

Evacuation zones are determined by elevation and potential storm surge impact based on information from the state of Florida and the National Hurricane Center.  They are designed to make you better prepared.

John Dosh/Escambia County Emergency Manager
"We take it very seriously when we have to issue an evacuation order because we know people have to leave their homes and it costs people money to do so.  But it's one of those life or death things."

Dan Sturgill lives in an evacuation zone.  He says he knows what that means.
"It means I should get out of here for the hurricanes."  But do you?  "No."

In fact, that response is fairly common. 
"I hate to leave my property unless I have to."

It's understandable people want to stay in their homes.  But each storm is unique, and if an evacuation order is issued...  It's time to go.

Ken Shepherd/Escambia Resident
"If it's going to flood, I definitely wouldn't want to be here.  It didn't flood during Ivan, but that doesn't mean anything, ya know?"

"Some people are a little more stronger willed than others and choose not to leave.  We really encourage them to do so.  It could be a life changing decision, or life ending decision."

Escambia County hopes you will take the time to find out if you are in or near an evacuation zone, even if you don't receive a post card.

"But if it looks like it's going to be a bad one I get out.  No reason to stay behind." For more info click here