A critical component of transportation agencies’ policy and program decision-making is system resilience to disruption. Evacuation plans are one way to respond to disruptions, such as hurricanes, or flooding. These plans are part of state and county operations plans, and include an inventory of available shelters, identification of evacuation routes, and providing transportation services for persons unable to evacuate on their own
The Storm Evacuation Forecast & Shelter-in-Place Scenarios Study will supplement this ongoing work by providing a high-level analysis of Hillsborough’s evacuation practices today. The study will evaluate best practices in evacuation regionally and nationally, assess potential evacuation enhancement options in Hillsborough County, and develop a set of recommendations and next steps for the Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization and other agencies to consider to support emergency evacuations in Hillsborough County.
What will the study include?
The overall goal of this study is to assess and identify potential strategies to improve evacuation procedures without undertaking expensive road widening projects. The objectives are to enhance the transportation experience to safely, efficiently, and effectively meet evacuation needs for all affected people. This includes evaluating how and where people evacuate, whether by car, transit or on foot to a shelter or out of the county.
The map provided here allows you to view evacuation zones, evacuation routes, and shelters based on the services provided.
How can I learn more about preparing for a storm and what I need to do to know about evacuating or sheltering-in-place?
Hillsborough County provides on lie information and forms at: https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/stay-safe/storm The map on here allows you to enter an address and see the evacuation zone, evacuation routes, and shelters.
TPO staff will distribute information about the open houses to members of the public and local stakeholders through social media outlets.
Even if you can’t make the open house, you can still learn about the project and take the survey. The team will post the PowerPoint presentation, survey, and a recording of the first open house to this page.
Evacuation plans are necessary to prepare the public for natural and human-caused disasters. A major component of any plan is research; the process of developing a plan will allow Hillsborough County to take a step back and evaluate evacuation alternatives in order to ensure that residents are evacuated most efficiently and safely in the future.
The behavioral data analyzed in this study are derived from the Statewide Regional Evacuation Study. These data provide information on how many people evacuate and where they go. This information helps us estimate the transportation capacity needs in the case of emergency. The behavioral data tell us how many people evacuate to shelters specifically, allowing us to evaluate shelter inventories.
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Virtual Open House
On Wednesday,August 25, 2021 from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM we will host a virtual open house and provide a survey to ask members of the public about their questions or concerns regarding evacuation. Virtual Open House Flyer
August 25, 2021 Open House Presentation (PDF)
A second public engagement opportunity will come at the end of the study, when members of the public will be able to comment on the draft recommendations.