DISASTER SERVICES

We all hope a hurricane will never hit our community, but it’s wise to be prepared. Here are some helpful tips from the federal government’s Department of Health and Social Services:

  • Learn about your community’s emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.
  • Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or protect them before the hurricane strikes.
  • Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water or fallen power lines and before you evacuate. Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate.
  • Secure structurally unstable building materials.
  • Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where to find it and how to use it.
  • Locate and secure your important papers, such as insurance policies, wills, licenses, stocks, etc.
  • Post emergency phone numbers at every phone. Put important numbers in your cell phone’s contacts.
  • Inform local authorities about any special needs, for example, elderly or bedridden people, or anyone with a disability.
  • Make plans to ensure your pets’ safety.

DISASTER RELIEF RESOURCES

Red Cross Emergency Preparedness
Plan and prepare

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA is responsible for responding to national disasters, training first responders, and managing the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.

Firstgov.gov
The U.S. government’s official web portal. Site includes information on finding loved ones, helping survivors, and other topics.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Hurricane Information Federal site includes information on preventing illnesses and infections, food safety, worker response, and other topics.

American Red Cross
The United States’ largest emergency response organization

Site includes a missing person’s registry and a variety of disaster preparation and response materials.

EVACUATION ZONES AND SHELTER INFORMATION

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
DeSoto County
Hillsborough County

Pinellas County
Pasco County
Sarasota County

MONITORING AND INFORMATION

National Hurricane Center (TPC)
National Weather Service (NWS)
NOAA State-wide Information
NWS Tampa Bay Weather