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Posted: May 11, 2018 1:13 p.m.
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Be prepared for Severe Weather

In the past two years, Chatham County has experienced two major hurricane events where mandatory evacuation orders were issued to residents. Many residents were not prepared to evacuate prior to the order being issued. By creating a plan now, citizens will be prepared and ready to go should an evacuation order be given. CEMA encourages all Chatham County residents to:


Understand county evacuation zones.

Determine evacuation destination. 

Friends/family's house 

Public Shelter

Determine evacuation route and transportation.

Private Vehicle

Evacuation Assembly Area


In May 2017, Chatham County updated the evacuation zones and map. Residents should visit  to determine their evacuation zone on the Interactive Evac Zone map! Have these plans in place and written down.

Stay informed before, during and after an event by following CEMA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ChathamEMA. If you would like to receive alerts via text message, text "Follow ChathamEMA" to 40404

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