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Mass. Hurricane Evacuation Plans Reviewed

State encourages citizens to "know your zone" before storm hits.

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    Mass. Hurricane Evacuation Plans Reviewed
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    Twenty-five years after the last hurricane made landfall in Massachusetts, officials are actively preparing for the next storm.

    On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency partnered with the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center to review the risks the state faces from tropical systems.

    The major focus was on the state's newly developed evacuation zones.

    No clear evacuation zones existed before Hurricane Sandy impacted the East Coast in 2012. After that storm, the zones were developed over the course of a year.

    The state divides evacuation zones into A, B, and C. Zones A and B are the most likely to be evacuated in the event of a significant storm, while Zone C covers parts of Boston and Cambridge that would be flooded during a storm that curves in to the west.

    To find out which zone you're in, simply type in your address to this website.

    Officials also revealed the state's Cape Cod Emergency Traffic Plan is being reviewed and updated. That plan covers the details of how people would be moved out of Cape Cod evacuation zones before a storm strikes.

    It could take up to 34 hours for that to happen, MEMA officials said.

    Hurricane season runs through November, and typically peaks in August or September in New England.