Evacuations & Causeways

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If you live on a barrier island or in a low-lying area, you will need to be prepared to evacuate in the event of a hurricane or strong tropical storm. 

Even if you do not live in a mandatory evacuation zone, you may wish to leave the area during the storm. Widespread damage and interruption of services may be expected. Please use your best judgment and do what you think will be best for your family.

Barrier Island Communities

If you live east of the Indian River Lagoon, then you are on a barrier island and within the mandatory evacuation zone. Barrier island communities include Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. A portion of the City of Melbourne is on the barrier island as well as Patrick Air Force Base and unincorporated Brevard County.


Low-Lying Areas

Visit http://gis.brevardcounty.us/flood_map/ and plug in your address to determine whether you live in a flood zone.


Mobile & Manufactured Homes

Never ride out a hurricane in a mobile or manufactured home, even if it is not in an evacuation zone.

  • Mobile and manufactured homes face the largest risk of damage from high winds.
  • Florida law requires all mobile homes to be anchored. Ensure that tie-downs are secure, especially on older mobile homes or ones that have been moved.


Shelter locations and opening times will be posted at www.embrevard.com when those decisions are made.

Brevard County has general population, pet-friendly, and special needs shelters available across the county.

For a list of what to bring to a shelter, see http://www.brevardfl.gov/EmergencyManagement/HaveAPlan/Shelters

You do not need to arrive at a shelter as soon as it opens; additional shelters will open if needed. Shelters will never turn you away.

Special Needs Shelters

Special Needs shelters are specifically assigned to clients so that there are enough supplies and medical professionals to help assist caregivers. If your medical equipment requires electricity, you have serious health issues, and/or you have a caregiver, and you have no other option for safe shelter, you should register at http://web.brevardcounty.us/SpecialNeeds/Registration.aspx.


Causeways will not be closed prior to the storm, but it unsafe to drive on the causeways in high winds.

Once the storm is over, causeways will be closed until they can be inspected and deemed safe by Florida Department of Transportation officials. Please be prepared for it to take some time for inspectors to assess all of Brevard’s seven causeways.

The status of causeway openings will be updated by Brevard County Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter. This information will also be sent by text message to those who have signed up to receive text messages from Brevard County. To sign up to receive these messages, text “FOLLOW BREVARDEOC” to 40404.