EVACUATION ZONES AND SHELTERS

Emergency Public Shelters

Bonita Springs 

3. Bonita Springs YMCA- 27200 Kent Rd 

Cape Coral

13. Island Coast High School – 2125 DeNavarra Pkwy


Estero

9.   Estero Recreation Center – 9200 Corkscrew Palm Blvd

11. Germain Arena – 11000 Everblades Pkwy


Fort Myers

26. South Ft Myers High School –14020 Plantation Blvd
     
Pet Friendly Shelter


Lehigh Acres

8.   East Lee High School – 715 Thomas-Sherwin Ave
       Pet Friendly Shelter 
12. Harns Marsh Elementary – 1800 Unice Ave
20. Mirror Lakes Elementary – 525 Charwood Ave
31.  Varsity Lakes Middle – 901 Gunnery Rd
32.  Veterans Park Academy – 49 Homestead Rd
33.  Harns Marsh Middle School- 1820 Unice Ave N 

North Fort Myers

21. N. Fort Myers Academy of the Arts – 1856 Arts Way
34. North Fort Myers Recreation Center – 2000 N. Recreation Parkway

San Carlos

1.    Alico Arena – 12181 FGCU Lake Pkwy


Tice

22. Oak Hammock Middle – 5321 Tice St

**Be Advised: We will NOT open all of these shelters during any single event. The opening of shelters is dependent upon the nature of each specific event.


                        
Regional Evacuation Suggestions for Lee County Residents

If an evacuation is ordered listen to your Emergency Management’s recommendations. The following are some suggested destinations in Florida:

Southwest Florida Impacted by an Approaching Hurricane from the Gulf:
• Leaving early – head to Central Florida.
• Once an Evacuation is Ordered – head to Southeast Florida

Tampa Bay Area Impacted by an Approaching Hurricane from the Gulf:
• Leaving early – head to Southeast Florida.
• Once an Evacuation is Ordered – head to Southeast Florida, or stay in county, away from the Coast.

Hurricane Crossing the State (East to West), Impacting Lee County:
• Stay in Lee County, away from the Coast.

Hurricane Moving Parallel to Southwest Florida, Impacting Lee County:
• Stay in Lee County, away from the Coast.
What Does This Map Mean To You?

Evacuation Zones

The bold squiggly lines are main roads in Lee County, also designated as Evacuation Routes. We use these roads to create familiar boundaries on the map, and overlay the Storm Surge Map, forcing it to fit these boundaries.

Dividing the map in this way allows us to create a built-in safety margin for each Surge Evacuation Zone. Population and Evacuation Clearance Times influence the configuration of Surge Evacuation Zones.

The biggest misconception about the Storm Surge Map is regarding Zone N/C. This Zone is without a defined risk, because it is where the Storm Surge computer model ends. This will be corrected in future updates by the National Hurricane Center. Do not make the mistake of thinking it is the safest area of Lee County. Every part of Lee County is at risk from Storm Surge.


Evacuation Clearance Times

Evacuation Clearance Time is defined as the time necessary to safely evacuate people from the point when the evacuation order is given until the last evacuee can either leave the evacuation zone, or arrive at safe shelter with the county.

What does this mean for you? You need to evacuate early, and absolutely no later than when the evacuation order is given.

Moving people in Lee County takes quite some time, up to 41-hours, and
that time only increases once you leave the county. It can take  up to 89-hours to evacuate out of Southwest Florida simply because of the infrastructure.

To learn more about Evacuation in Lee County, visit our webpage:
Lee County Hurricane Preparation Guide