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Issue Brief: Hurricane Storm Surge Flood Zones in Florida

June 17, 2021  / RERI Research Team  / Tags: issue brief, reports

Issue Brief: Hurricane Storm Surge Flood Zones in Florida

When operating a business in Florida, one factor a business owner should always be prepared for is a hurricane impact.  While hurricanes can bring a number of serious hazards (including heavy rains, high winds, and tornadoes), one of the most damaging hazards a hurricane can present is a possibility of a storm surge. 

In this issue brief, we take information from the BLS and dig deeper to learn more about how Southwest Florida counties could potentially be impacted by storm surges from hurricanes of various strengths. 

Main findings from the Issue Brief include:

  • A category 2 hurricane could potentially affect 48.5 percent of all establishments and 52.7 percent of all employees in Southwest Florida.
  • Approximately 7 out of every ten establishments in Southwest Florida would be affected by a category 4 hurricane, compared to about 2 out ten establishments in Florida.
  • Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties had the three highest percentages of employees affected by a category 4 hurricane in the state, each measuring above 80 percent.

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