Evacuations begin in Nassau County as Hurricane Ian approaches

Nassau County evacuation zones A&D

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – Nassau County issued an evacuation order at 8 a.m. Wednesday for Evacuation Zones A and D.

An evacuation zone map can be located at www.onenassau.com/evacuations. There is also an interactive version at www.nassauflpa.com, under the GIS Mapping feature.

The Nassau County Emergency Operations Center is at level 1 activation.

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While Hurricane Ian’s path is still uncertain, Nassau County is continuing to monitor the situation closely and officials are in frequent communication with the National Hurricane Center and local partners to ensure they are ready for any impacts that may come.

Nassau County is unable to tell residents when they will be able to return as that will depend on damages from the storm and associated assessments deeming it’s safe to return. Upon returning to Nassau County, please have identification available. This will ensure that you don’t have any issues returning to your home. If your identification card does not include your home address, please ensure you have some sort of documentation so they can confirm your address (deed, utility bill, property tax bill, etc.)

The beaches will be closed at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said the bridges to Amelia Island could be closed if sustained winds reach 40mph, and if that happens, emergency responders may not be able to get to people in distress. He said those who know they live in flood-prone areas should heed the order.

Shelters

Two shelters opened Wednesday at noon. Updates will be sent via ALERTNassau, posted on onenassau.com and the county’s social media.

  • Hilliard Middle Senior High, 1 Flashes Drive, Hilliard, 32046 (special needs shelter)
  • Callahan Middle School, 450121 Old Dixie Highway, Callahan, 32033 (pet friendly shelter)

Sandbags

Nassau County Emergency Management will be offering sandbag pickups in preparation for Hurricane Ian’s impact on Northeast Florida.

The distributions will be at the following locations in Yulee and Hilliard:

  • Yulee Road Dept. Yard - 86200 Gene Lasserre Blvd., Yulee, Fla., 32097
  • Hilliard Road Dept. Yard - 37356 Pea Farm Road, Hilliard, Fla., 32046

Both sites will be open until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Hundreds of prefilled bags are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the prefilled bags are gone, residents will need to fill their own bags.

Nassau County residents must provide proof of residency.


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