Sarasota County Issues Mandatory Evacuation in Zone A

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Sarasota County, FL (WWSB) - Emergency officials in Sarasota County have issued a mandatory evacuation for Zone A.

Not sure what zone you are in? Click here to find out!

That includes low-lying areas, barrier islands, and mobile homes.

Barrier islands are Longboat, Lido, Siesta, Casey, Manasota keys as well as the island of Venice.

Brookside Middle School, 3636 S. Shade Ave., Sarasota, is now open as a pet-friendly shelter to host residents and evacuees from south Florida.

For more information about shelters and evacuation zones, visit or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

The voluntary evacuation is set to allow people to leave their homes in advance of a possible mandatory evacuation.

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