Office of Emergency Management

Current Preparedness Focus


Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes.

Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th. Peak season in Annapolis generally occurs from mid-August to late October. For more information about hurricanes and how to prepare, click here.


Storm Surge

A storm surge is a dome of water pushed onshore by hurricane and tropical storm winds. Storm surges can reach 25 feet high and be 50-1000 miles wide.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Watch

This means hurricane/tropical storm conditions are possible in the specified area, usually within 36 hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.

Short Term Watches & Warnings

These warnings provide detailed information about specific hurricane threats, such as flash floods and tornadoes.

Monitoring Atlantic Storms

Tropical storms and hurricanes can be monitored through the National Hurricane Center website.

Do you Know Your Zone?

Know Your Zone is a new color-coded interactive map you can use to determine which storm evacuation zone you live in based upon your street address. Knowing your zone will help you avoid unnecessary evacuation travel, thereby reducing highway congestion, easing overcrowding at local storm shelters and boosting public safety.

Simply click the 'Find Your Zone" button. Enter your address on the map and view your color-coded evacuation zone. Emergency managers will work with local media and use social media and other tools to notify residents of impacted zones and what to do to stay safe.


City of Annapolis Hazard Mitigation Plan

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