Published: Jul 08, 2011 9:26 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 06, 2011 5:36 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - All new this year Charlotte County is trying a new approach to saving lives. It's using stop signs to spread the message about storm surge.

Wayne Sallade, Director of the Charlotte County Emergency Office, wants everyone to know about the danger of surge.

"We saw storm surge over 30 feet in Hurricane Katrina along the Mississippi coast line. That same type of storm surge is very likely along Florida's west coast someday," he said.

This year, Charlotte County plans on placing about 6,000 color-coded reflective vinyl collars on stop signs. Red collars mean your area is at most risk for storm surge while green areas are least likely to see water from a storm.

"It takes all the guess work out of it. You don't have to think back, what is my elevation, how much are they saying is coming. We're telling you it's in your best interest to go," Sallade told WINK.

At least 60-percent of the stop signs with collars will be red and orange meaning most residents and visitors will be at high risk for storm surge.