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It only takes one. Tampa Bay has been spared a direct hit for 95 years, but just one storm this hurricane season could end that streak of good fortune. The 1921 season was mostly inactive, but in late October a storm brewed out at sea and cut a path through Pinellas County as a Category 3 hurricane.
Our good fortune today is the improved level of preparation on a national, state and local level for a catastrophic hurricane. Although our county is built out with nearly 1 million residents, we can effectively evacuate all of those in harm’s way to either leave the area or find safety on higher ground (10s of miles, not hundreds of miles, is the recommendation). Even though we cannot predict precisely what path a hurricane will take, we have enough warning time to escape – that is, if we have prepared ahead and choose to heed those warnings.
Our county has numerous channels to warn you about dangers from hurricanes and any number of other hazards all year. We can send urgent voice or text messages to your mobile device and home phone with the Alert Pinellas emergency notification service. Your weather alert radio will sound the alarm in the dead of night if a tornado suddenly touches down near your neighborhood; newer mobile devices may also send you the same warnings. When a storm is approaching, you can expect to get emergency information by TV and radio as well as social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor. We will warn you when you need to evacuate or take steps to protect your family and home. Will you be listening? Will you be ready to act immediately?
This month, Pinellas County’s 2016 All-Hazard Guide is now available at local libraries, government offices and other locations. You can also find it on Emergency Management’s website, or by clicking this link. This year’s guide will take you through 5 Steps to ensure you are ready for a hurricane or any hazard that you might face any time of the year:
These tools will warn you about immediate, urgent hazards, such as tornado warnings or other imminent threats:
Register multiple phone lines to receive voice or text messages wherever you are from Pinellas County Emergency Management. A free emergency notification service. Register at www.pinellascounty.org/alertpinellas.
You can select to receive National Weather Service Warnings at time of registration.
Newer mobile devices are equipped for local, state and federal authorities to send alerts about dangerous weather and other emergencies. Check with your carrier. Visit www.ready.gov/alerts to learn more.
Purchase a NOAA Weather Alert Radio to get a loud warning if dangerous severe weather is approaching. Set your alert radio to 012103 to code it to your area.
During an emergency activation, call the Citizen Information Center for vital information on evacuations, road closures and other urgent questions.
(727) 464-4333 or TDD (727) 464-3075
Make sure you have a battery-powered radio. You might also consider a solar charger for your mobile device. Did you know that your mobile device can send and receive texts even when other cell service is down? If your phone’s digital clock works, you should be able to text!
On our website, you can see your Evacuation Zone, Flood Zone and also use our Storm Surge Protector App, which gives you a 3-D model of how high storm surge would reach at your home during a hurricane: www.pinellascounty.org/flooding/maps.htm.
|Flood Zone||Evacuation Zone||Storm Surge Protector||Current Water Levels|
If you live away from the coast, you may be safe from storm surge during a hurricane, but a heavy rain event could still flood your property. Find your FEMA Flood Zone on Pinellas County’s map application. All you have to do is put in your address and you’ll see where flood waters would rise during a major rain event when 12 inches or more falls within 24 hours. You can find the map at www.pinellascounty.org/flooding or by clicking here.
|EVACUATON ZONES||FLOOD ZONES|
|Wind-driven hurricane storm surge||Rising waters from heavy rain|
|Based on ground elevation and proximity to water||Based on flood risk over period of years for insurance purposes|
|Determined by National Hurricane Center||Set by Federal Emergency Management Agency|