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Sarasota County leaders use new system to give "all clear" after hurricane

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Posted at 3:53 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 07:17:17-04

SARASOTA, Fla. — Emergency managers in Sarasota County have implemented a new color-coded system to let people know its safe to return home after a hurricane.

Residents will be able to see how their neighborhood is classified by looking at the county website or looking at monitors inside of evacuation centers.

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“Red means the area is severely damaged, no services, stay out of the area, yellow is proceed with caution, and green things are back to normal,” said Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane.

McCrane is also urging residents to know their evacuation level. Homes located near the water are the first homes to go.

Doug DuPouy evacuated during Hurricane Irma.

"Decided to get off the island as soon as possible, we were told to evacuate and that's what we did,” said DuPouy.

He said the evacuation level notifications were helping during Irma.

Hurricane season begins June 1. Evacuation zones for Sarasota County