Published: Mar 01, 2012 9:22 PM EST
Updated: Mar 02, 2012 8:59 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County emergency managers want nearly a quarter of a million dollars for evacuation zone signs. They'd be attached to stop sign poles to remind people of their zones, in case of a hurricane.

"The truth is, most people don't know their zones, and they cannot find their areas on a map either," said Gerald Campbell, of Lee emergency management. "We have to find a new way to reach people, to bring the information right to their neighborhood."

The three-by-eight-inch aluminum, reflective signs would show the letter that corresponds to the zone, A through E. The sign would also be in the color associated with the zone. A is red, the closest to the gulf, and the most vulnerable to storm surge; B is orange, just inland from A, and the area that is second most vulnerable to storm surge. 

"It is disappointing we have to go to these lengths, but we must get the information out to people. It's unacceptable to not do everything we can to let people know their zones. It is a public safety, life-saving issue," said Campbell.