MEMA Urges Locals to “Know the Zones” in the Event of a Hurricane

storm clouds over waterBUZZARDS BAY – Officials from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are encouraging those who live in or visit coastal communities to find out if they are in a Hurricane Evacuation Zone.

Those who live in such areas may be asked to evacuate in the event of a storm making landfall.

MEMA reports that hurricanes are especially dangerous since they can cause storm surges, abnormal water levels above the predicted astronomical tide.

Most coastal communities have two types of evacuation zones: Evacuation Zone A, which includes areas at risk of flooding during a Category 1 or 2 hurricane; and Evacuation Zone B, which includes areas that are at risk during a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.

An interactive map of these zones is available at

The first of three hurricane awareness workshops was held Monday in Fall River. The second will be held Tuesday night at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay. The final session is scheduled for Wednesday night at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, beginning at 7 p.m.

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