Georgia Hurricane Evacuation Study

Preparing Georgia’s Coastal Residents to Respond, Evacuate, and Recover from Hurricane Threats

Due to the shape of the coastline and the shallow water depths along the coast, the Georgia coastline has the highest potential for storm surge heights on the East Coast of the U.S. Hurricane storm tides could reach over thirty feet in height and could travel inland for several miles. 


feet in height of potential storm tides 

We are working with the Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to better prepare coastal residents to respond, evacuate, and recover from future hurricane threats. To achieve this, we developed technical data to allow county emergency management agencies to build or enhance their hurricane evacuation plans and preparedness activities. We created a user-friendly tool called GeoPDF that uses GIS data in an Adobe format that allows users to access all types of technical data generated during the study and to access it without having to use GIS.

At the completion of the study, the Georgia coast had gone 116 years without being impacted by a major hurricane. Since 2013, Georgia has experienced a number of hurricane threats and landfalls and the data provided to the emergency managers has contributed to saving many lives.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District




  • Geospatial, Mapping and Survey
  • Planning, Consulting and Advisory
  • Technology


  • Federal
  • Risk, Response and Recovery


  • Southeast