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									 THE OFFICIAL HURRICANE GUIDE FOR PINELLAS COUNTY                                                                                         STAY CONNECTED
                                                                                                                                          PAGE 2

                                                                                                                                          MAKING INFORMED DECISIONS
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                                                                                                                                          PREPARATION IS KEY
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                                                                                                                                          EVACUATION ZONE MAP
                                                                                                                                          PAGES 6 & 7

                                                                                                                                          SPECIAL NEEDS
                                                                                                                                          PAGES 8 & 9

                                                                                                                                          PETS
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                                                                                                                                          DURING AND AFTER THE STORM
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                        Timing is Critical to Good Planning                                                                               CHECKLISTS & CONTACT INFORMATION
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If you were in Florida during the busy 2004                are ready to meet the challenges of the 2012              uncertainty.” Because the storm could track
Atlantic hurricane season, you probably made               Atlantic hurricane season.                                anywhere within the cone, everyone in that
a hurricane survival                                                                      If you’re new to           area needs to begin preparations. When
plan. Hurricanes                                                                          the area, or if you        Pinellas County is within the 5-day cone,
Charley, Frances, Ivan                                                                    don’t have a plan,         implementation of your emergency plan
and Jeanne threatened                                                                     now is the time to         through initial preparations should begin.
the sunshine state in                                                                     begin the process          Survivor or victim, the answer rests with you.
a brief but chaotic                                                                       of creating one              Don’t gamble with your life.
six-week period, each                                                                     for yourself, your
weaving its tale of                                                                                                    You don’t wait until the
                                                                                          family, business,            crash to strap on your
misery and destruction.                                                                   pets and other im-           seatbelt do you?
Now, eight years later,                                                                   portant people and
many aspects of that                                                                      things in your life.                                           8 AM Wed 140 mph
plan may be out of                                                            It is critical to have
date for you and                      Compilation of 2004 storms              this planning in
                                                                                                                                                    8 PM Tue 140 mph


your family. Children have grown, pets may        place when forecasters start tracking storms.                                                 8 AM Tue 125 mph

have passed from or entered our homes and         A “5-day cone” and “3-day cone” are created                                                  8 PM Mon 115 mph
our own status may have changed consider-         to show the forecast path for the center of the                                                11 AM Mon 105 mph
ably. Take this time to look at your hurricane storm with as much as a 300-mile “cone of
survival plan with fresh eyes to make sure you




            KNOW
                                                           only six hours. During a Watch, the focus should be       n	 If you are registered for transportation to
                                                           on preparing for the Warning.                                a public shelter, have your “go bag” ready.
                                                                                                                        Rescue workers will begin pick-ups shortly after
                                                           If you are in an evacuation zone or a mobile/manu-


             your
                                                                                                                        an evacuation order is issued.
                                                           factured home, the goal is to be fully prepared to leap   Once an evacuation order is issued:
                                                           into action within one or two hours of the Warning




            ZONE
                                                           being issued. If you live in a non-evacuation zone,       n	 Determine if your residence is affected by the
                                                           the goal is to be able to complete all preparations          evacuation order (does it include your
                                                           within one or two hours after the Warning.                   evacuation zone or do you live in a mobile
                                                                                                                        or manufactured home?)
                                                           HURRICANE WATCH ACTIONS                                   n	 If you are evacuating locally, get to your shelter
                                                           n	   Fill vehicle gas tank.                                  location within a few hours of the evacuation
                                                                                                                        order. Be sure to check which public shelters are
            www.pinellascounty.org/emergency               n	   Get cash and secure papers and valuables.               open. (See pages 6 and 7)
5-DAY CONE ACTIONS                                         n	   Refill medications. (See page 5)                     n	 If you are traveling out of the local area, leave as
n	  Know your evacuation zone.                             n	   Fill containers and tubs with water, even if            quickly as possible to avoid traffic jams.
n	  Review your family disaster plan.                           evacuating – you may need the water when             n	 If you are not required to evacuate, prepare a
                                                                you return.                                             safe room in your home and stay off the roads
n	  Get your survival kit and important papers ready.
                                                           n	   Secure yard equipment and furniture.                    to enable evacuation traffic to clear the area.
n	  Begin work to prepare your home and yard.
                                                           n	   Shutter your windows.                                Even when the storm is a hundred or more miles
n	  If you live in an evacuation zone, know where
    you will go and how you will get there.                n	   Help neighbors with their preparations.              away, weather conditions can begin to deteriorate,
n	 If you have special needs, be sure your caregiver       n	   If your plans are to evacuate out of the local       and driving conditions will worsen.
    begins to implement your plan and, if needed,               area, make final preparations to secure your
                                                                home so you can leave as soon as an evacuation       The most important thing to remember is to do
    you are registered for a special needs shelter.                                                                  as much as you can before the Warning is issued.
                                                                order is issued.
As a storm moves closer to land, the accuracy of the                                                                 Waiting until then will only give you about 24 hours
forecast increases. If Pinellas County is within the       n	   If you are registered for transportation to
                                                                a public shelter, be sure you have everything        to complete preparations and evacuate if you are
3-day cone, residents should step up their preparations.
                                                                you need for your “go bag.”                          required. If you are registered for transportation to
3-DAY CONE ACTIONS                                         A storm will be about 36 hours from impact when           a public shelter, you will only have a few hours after
n	 Double check your survival kit and make necessary       the Hurricane Warning is issued. Generally, Pinellas      the Evacuation Order before your ride will arrive.
   purchases to avoid lines and traffic.                                                                             Also, waiting until the Warning to drive hundreds of
                                                           County Emergency Management will issue official
n	 Gather special supplies for infants, children,          evacuation orders not long after a Warning. Whenever      miles increases your risk of being caught in the storm
   seniors and pets.                                       any evacuation is ordered, all mobile- and manufac-       on the road. Remember there are safe options within
n	 Be sure you have all materials and tools necessary      tured-home residents must evacuate. For those not         Pinellas County.
   to shutter windows. Shop early.                         in mobile or manufactured homes, be sure to know
n	 If your plans are to evacuate, make arrangements,       your zone (See pages 6 and 7) so you can understand       RECOVERY ACTIONS
   book reservations and pack what you can in              and follow official emergency instructions.
   your vehicle.                                                                                                     When the winds stop, there is still danger from the storm.
                                                                                                                     Downed power lines, gas leaks and debris can make your
About 48 hours ahead of a storm, forecasters will is-      HURRICANE WARNING ACTIONS                                 neighborhood, and even your yard, a danger zone. Take
sue a Hurricane Watch for areas within the cone that       n	 Stay tuned to local news and get your weather
                                                              radio ready.                                           the time to assess the situation and act carefully with
can expect hurricane conditions. Again,
because hurricanes can be erratic, everyone in that        n	 Complete any final preparations to evacuate            safety first in your mind. More people are killed during
area must prepare as if the storm is headed directly          or to shelter in your home.                            recovery than during hurricanes. If you have evacuated
for their home. If the storm changes path or speed,        n	 If your plan is to travel out of the local area and    and are returning home, wait until you are told it is safe
the time between a Watch and a Warning might be               you can leave at this point, do so.                    to re-enter the county and your neighborhood.
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STAY CONNECTED THROUGH THE SEASON
 visit www.pinellascounty.org/emergency
 for hurricane news, evacuation maps, shelter information and more.

 sign up on www.pinellascounty.org/emergency
 for the free, award-winning Pinellas County E-Lert electronic newsletter to
 receive current emergency news, preparation tips, educational opportunities
 and emergency notifications year-round.

 watch PCC-TV
 for hurricane programming and emergency operations center updates.
 Tune to Bright House 622, Knology 18 or Verizon 44.

 sign up on your cell phone                                                                                                           Severe weather can often strike quickly, even during the very
                                                                                                                                      early morning hours. An alarm from a weather alert radio
 to receive the community notification system’s emergency text messages.                                                              can mean the difference between life and death because
 Call (888) 689-8905 from your cell phone.                                                                                            every minute counts in that kind of situation.
                                                                                                                                      Pinellas County Emergency Management staff strongly
 call the Citizens Information Center (CIC)                                                                                           urges residents to buy a weather alert radio. Just like a smoke
                                                                                                                                      alarm, this radio can save your life. Weather alert radios can
 for information before, during and after the storm. Only open during                                                                 be found at many retailers, in catalogs and online.
 emergencies. Call (727) 464-4333.

 request a speaker or information for your organization, school or place of employment. Call the
 Pinellas County Speakers Bureau at (727) 464-4600 or download a request form at www.pinellascounty.org/speak.

 tune your weather alert radio
 to receive emergency weather alerts from the local National Weather Service bureau in Ruskin, Florida.

 listen for the latest Pinellas County road conditions on 1690 AM.
 follow Pinellas County’s social media websites
 for breaking news and information:
          Twitter – www.twitter.com/pinellasEM
          FaceBook – www.facebook.com/pinellascountynews                                                                                  prepare to survive
                TM


                     – www.youtube.com/pcctv1
                                                                                                                          We’ve been lucky so far,
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS                                                                                  but the fact remains…
                                                                                                                             Pinellas County is vulnerable to hurricanes.
                                                                                                                      Join us for the next generation of hurricane preparedness…
                              The Pinellas County Board of County                                                     eSeries: Prepare to Survive.
                              Commissioners wishes to thank you for reading this                                      15-minute live online forums to help you
                              guide and arming yourself with information that can                                     prepare for hurricane season.
                              save your life and your property should a hurricane
                              hit Pinellas County. Regardless of when the last storm                                  The 2012 eSeries are scheduled for NOON on
                              impacted our coast or what the predictions are for the                                  the first Wednesday of the month, including:
                              upcoming season, it only takes a hit from one storm                                     May 2
                              to make a terrible season and devastate our area.
                                                                                                                      June 6
 A good hurricane plan is your best strategy against disaster, so HAVE A PLAN!
 Know whether your home is in an evacuation zone. If it is, then you will need to                                     June 27 (due to the Independence Day holiday)
 evacuate from deadly storm-surge flooding when your evacuation level is ordered                                      August 1
 by the county. Take steps to secure your property and care for your pets. And                                        September 5
 finally, reach out a helping hand to the elderly and disabled. Don’t assume they
 have a plan or have registered for special needs assistance. You can be the voice                                    October 3
 that encourages them to take these life-saving steps. Local authorities can help,                                    November 7
 but they need to know, before the storm threatens, who requires transportation,
 shelter or medical assistance.                                                                                       Blog questions and comments
                                                                                                                      to experts during the live presentation.
           PREPARATION IS YOUR KEY TO SURVIVAL.                                                                       Log on to www.pinellascounty.org/eseries
            REMEMBER, SURVIVING THE STORM IS                                                                          or watch on PCC-TV.
                EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY.                                                                            For information, call (727) 464-3000
                                                                                                                                                                             www.pinellascounty.org/eSeries
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 Surviving the Storm, the official guide for Pinellas County, is published on behalf of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners
 In cooperation with the Pinellas County Department of Emergency Management.
 Surviving the Storm is a publication of the
 Pinellas County Communications Department
 333 Chestnut Street • Clearwater, Florida 33756 • (727) 464-4600 • www.pinellascounty.org
 Funding for this guide was provided by the Pinellas County Emergency Management and Communications departments. 110,000 copies were printed at a cost of $8,618.00 or $ .07835 each.
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Surviving the Storm Guide                                                                                                                                        page 3


MAKING INFORMED DECISIONS ABOUT HURRICANES
       DO YOU NEED TO EVACUATE?
                                                                              Should I stay or
 Q       DO YOU LIVE IN A MOBILE OR
         MANUFACTURED HOME?
                                                                              should I go?there
     if yes Everyone in mobile and manufactured. . . . .
            homes must always evacuate. . . . .                        pg 4
                                                                              When it comes to evacuating,
                                                                              are many decisions to make. One of
                                                                              those decisions is whether to stay in
                                                                              Pinellas County or drive hundreds of

 Q       DO YOU LIVE IN AN EVACUATION ZONE?
                                                                              miles to an out-of-town location.
                                                                              Finding high ground in Pinellas
                                                                              County is possible. The green areas
                                                                                                                                   Non-Evacuation
                                                                                                                                        Zone
                                                                                                                                      in green
     if yes Know and plan evacuate according .to your .pgs 6-7
            zone,
                  when to
                          where you will go. . . . .
                                                                              on the map to the right are high
                                                                              enough to not be impacted by
                                                                              surge flooding from any hurricane.
                                                                              Even for a Category 5 storm, a

 Q       DO YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS OR
         REQUIRE ASSISTANCE WITH EVACUATING?
                                                                              structure in these areas that is
                                                                              hardened to withstand high
                                                                              winds can provide safe shelter.
     if yes Make sure you have aor transportation. . . .pgs 8-9
            special needs shelter
                                  plan and are registered for a               Evacuating to a shelter within
                                                                              the county has its advantages.
                                                                              You can avoid traffic jams and                              Evacuation Zones A-E
                                                                              the uncertainty that comes with                                   in blue
                                                                              driving the crowded highways as
  IF YOU ARE EVACUATING, DO YOU KNOW WHERE                                    other counties evacuate along with
  YOU WILL GO AND HOW YOU WILL GET THERE?                                     Pinellas. You can avoid going
                                                                              elsewhere in the state only to find
  Are you going out of town? .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 1          that the storm has shifted and you are now
  If you plan to leave the area, leave as early as you can to                 in harm’s way. And you will avoid the crowds
  avoid traffic jams and being stranded on the road when                      when it comes time to head home. If staying
  the storm makes landfall.                                                   in Pinellas seems like a good decision, plan
  Are you going to a host home?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 10          ahead to find safe shelter by asking friends,
  Call ahead to confirm details.                                              relatives or coworkers if they are willing to
                                                                              host you and your family during a storm or
  Are you going to a shelter?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 12        find a hotel or motel in the area in a non-
  Have your evacuation kit ready.                                             evacuation zone.
  Do you have personal transportation?.. . . . . . . . . . . .pg 4            SURGE KILLS
  Make sure your vehicle is ready.                                            The greatest killer of people during hurri-
                                                                              canes is storm surge – the dome of water
  Do you need to register for special needs transportation?.pg 8              pushed ashore by powerful hurricane
  Will you take the bus?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 9       winds. Storm surge isn’t a gradual rising
  PSTA (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority) will run                         of water. It rushes in and out sweeping



                                                                                                                                      E
  routes until it is unsafe to travel.                                        anything not secured back out to sea,
                                                                                                                                                  26-29 feet
                                                                                                                              EVAC ZONE



                                                                              people included. During Hurricane
                                                                              Katrina, residents of coastal Mississippi                           above sea level
                                                                               were caught off guard by storm surge
                                                                              flood waters. Entire buildings were
  IF YOU ARE STAYING IN YOUR HOME, DO YOU                                     moved, and some of the people who
  KNOW HOW TO PREPARE?                                                        didn’t evacuate are still among the
                                                                              missing. Pinellas County is extremely
  Prepare your home.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pgs 4-5         vulnerable to surge flooding because
                                                                                                                                                  19-26 feet
                                                                                                                              EVAC ZONE




  Make preparations early for your home, yard,                                of its coastal and low-lying geography.
  vehicles, papers, medications, pets and supply kits.                        In fact, a Category 3 storm could flood                             above sea level
                                                                              42 percent of the county’s households.
  If you stay… .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 10
  Be a Host Home for someone who needs to evacuate.                           Staying safe from surge flooding is easy.
                                                                              If a hurricane is predicted for Pinellas
  Make the offer within your circle of friends, place of
                                                                              County and you live in a zone that has
  worship or at work.                                                         been ordered to evacuate, get out. Do
                                                                                                                                                  14-19 feet
                                                                                                                              EVAC ZONE




                                                                              not stay in an area at risk for surge
                                                                              flooding. Do not plan to escape to                                  above sea level
  CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS                                           higher floors and do not wait until the
  WHEN DECIDING TO STAY IN YOUR HOME:                                         last minute. Leave for higher ground
                                                                              and survive the storm.




                                                                              STORM
   • My home is not in an evacuation (or storm surge) zone.

                                                                                                                                                   8-14 feet
                                                                                                                              EVAC ZONE




   • Windows have hurricane shutters and the garage door is braced.
                                                                                                                                                  above sea level
   • My home is not a manufactured or mobile home.




                                                                              SURGE
   • My home has a safe room large enough for all occupants.
   • A disaster plan and supplies are in place for all members of the
     household, including pets.
                                                                                                              and you
   • Vehicles have a full tank of gas.
                                                                              5 feet
                                                                                                                                                    4-8 feet
                                                                                                                              EVAC ZONE




   • A survival kit is prepared with one week’s worth of
     nonperishable food supplies and water. See page 12 for checklist.        4 feet                                                              above sea level

   • A battery-operated radio is on hand with extra batteries, along          3 feet
     with a cell phone and battery charger for the car.                       2 feet
   • Tarps and plastic sheeting are available for emergency repairs.          1 foot
page 4                                                                                                                                           Surviving the Storm Guide


PREPARATION IS KEY FOR A SAFE HURRICANE SEASON
PREPARE YOUR HOME
Preparing your home to withstand high winds can
mean the difference between minor and major                                                                                       Improve the vulnerable areas of your
repairs after a hurricane. That’s why it’s so impor-                                                                                home before a storm approaches.
tant to strengthen your home to resist high winds.                                                                                               BE PREPARED
Some key tips:
n	 If your roof needs replacement, a new one can
     be installed to meet stronger building codes
     adopted in 2002.
n	 Shutter your windows. Glass can be broken by
     flying debris. Protecting your windows can keep
     storm winds and rain out and your roof on.
     Duct tape provides no protection.
n	 Check weather stripping and caulking around
     windows and doors, replacing if necessary.
n	 Check your garage door. If your door needs
     replacing, look for a reinforced, wind-rated model.
n	 Think about other improvements. The
     Federal Alliance for Safe Homes has step-by-step
     instructions for reinforcing your home’s roof,
     gable ends and other vulnerable areas.
n	 If you have questions about your home’s storm
     readiness, consider having a home inspector
     review your home’s condition.
If you are considering hiring help, be sure to use
a licensed, reputable contractor. Before signing a
contract, call Pinellas County Justice and Consumer
Services at (727) 464-6200 or visit
www.pinellascounty.org/consumer.

          FOR MORE INFORMATION
 Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
 www.FLASH.org                                                PREPARE YOUR VEHICLES                                    PREPARE YOUR YARD
 State of Florida                                             Personal vehicles can be an important tool to help       Getting your yard ready to weather the storm can
 www.mysafefloridahome.com
                                                              you to prepare, to evacuate and to get supplies          keep you and your home safe. High winds can turn
 To create a personal family plan                                                                                      even the heaviest items into deadly projectiles that
 www.floridadisaster.org                                      after a storm. To prepare your vehicle:
                                                                                                                       can break through your windows, doors and even
 Institute for Business and Home Safety                       1. Get any basic maintenance (tune-ups, repairs)         walls. To prepare your yard:
 www.disastersafety.org                                          done before a storm threatens. Have your
 Hurricane Retrofit Guide for Homes                              mechanic check belts, hoses, filters and vital          n	 Properly prune trees and shrubs before any
 www.floridadisaster.org/mitigation/rcmp/hrg/                                                                               storms threaten. Do not leave piles of branches
 index.asp
                                                                 fluid levels.                                              that can become missiles in high winds.
                                                              2. Keep your gas tank at least half full with gas.
                                                                 When a Hurricane Watch is issued, fill your tank.       n	 Keep your gutters and down spouts clear
                                                              3. Build a survival kit for your car, including:              and in good repair.
                                                                                                                         n	 Replace rock mulch with shredded bark.
                                                                    n	 A first aid kit
                                                              	     n	 Nonperishable food and bottled water              n	 Bring in all yard items such as furniture,
                                                                                                                            toys, bird baths, bird feeders and barbecue
                                                              	     n	 A can of tire inflator                               grills when a Hurricane Warning is issued.
                                                              	     n	 A basic tool kit                                  n	 Do not drain your pool. Super chlorinate the
                                                              	     n	 Jumper cables and road flares                        water and turn off all electricity to the pool
                                                                                                                            for the duration of the storm.
                                                              	     n	 A working jack and spare tire
                                                              	     n	 A flashlight                                    If you are doing any home renovations that require
                                                                                                                       digging, call 8-1-1 before you start. This free
                                                              	     n	 DC to AC car power inverter                     service will help you locate underground utilities
 MOBILE HOMES ARE NOT SAFE HAVENS                             	     n	 Chargers for cell phones and other devices      before you damage them. Not only will it keep
 While mobile and manufactured homes are great
                                                              	     n	 A map with shelter locations                    you safe, it’s the law!
 places to call home, they must never be used as a
 shelter. Mobile and manufactured homes can be
 severely damaged from the hurricane-force winds
 and flying debris. This was proved true during
 the storms of 2004 and 2005 when even homes
 built after 1994 to the tougher standards after
                                                                  Top Three Tips to Save Your Home
 Hurricane Andrew sustained damage when they                      While a thorough renovation of your home’s structure will provide the best protection against the
 were flipped off their foundations or damaged                    high winds a hurricane can bring, these three improvements can really make a difference:
 by flying debris.
                                                                  1. BRACE YOUR GARAGE DOOR
 No matter the category of storm, whenever an
                                                                     After Hurricane Andrew, engineers looked at how the homes in South Florida failed during the high
 evacuation order is given, all mobile- and
 manufactured-home residents must evacuate.                          winds. Four out of five homes that had major structural damage lost their garage doors first. Older
 Mobile- and manufactured-home residents need                        garage doors in good condition can be braced with retrofit kits available at most home centers.
 to have an evacuation plan in case a hurricane                      New garage doors must meet stringent wind load requirements.
 threatens. One word of caution – most mobile
 home park recreation centers are not rated to
                                                                  2. PROTECT YOUR WINDOWS
 withstand high winds either. Ask your park’s                        By shuttering your windows with plywood or another commercially available product, you can
 management what plans – if any – are in place for                   increase your home’s ability to withstand wind by one category of storm strength. In other words,
 sheltering options and for evacuation notification.                 a home that could survive a Category 2 storm can now handle a Category 3. If the wind gets
                                                                     into your home, it can force the roof upward, possibly allowing high winds to tear it off.
  Annually check your tie down and anchoring system:
   • Look for possible rusting of anchors and connections.        3. BRACE YOUR GABLE END ROOF
   • Tighten the straps if necessary.
   • Add anchors and straps where possible.
                                                                     A gabled roof has two slopes that come together to form a ridge or a peak at the top. Homes with
  Check for wood rot and termite damage at
                                                                     gabled roofs are more likely to suffer collapse of the end wall from high winds because they are
  connections, joists and trusses:                                   often not braced properly during construction.
   • Investigators have found that failures at these points
     allows air to penetrate the home’s air-tight envelope           To learn about bracing and other techniques, go to: www.floridadisaster.org/hrg/index.asp.
     and leads to structure failure.
Surviving the Storm Guide                                                                                                                                                page 5

PREPARE YOUR INSURANCE                                 PREPARE YOUR MEDICATIONS                                   RENTERS NEED A PLAN TOO
Review your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance          Your prescription medications are one of the most          As a storm approaches, homeowners are urged
policy and ask yourself five important questions:      important things to include in your disaster survival      to prepare their homes to withstand heavy winds.
  • What is my deductible?                             kit. But in a declared emergency, what happens             But what should you do if you rent?
  • What is my hurricane deductible?                   when your insurance company claims it is too early
                                                       for you to get a refill?                                   If you rent, here are some steps that you can
  • Do I need flood insurance?                                                                                    take to prepare for a hurricane:
  • Do I have enough coverage to replace my            In 2006, the Legislature passed the Emergency
    home and belongings?                               Prescription Refill bill (Florida Statute 252.358          n	 Know your evacuation zone. Pinellas County
                                                       and 462.0275). This law requires all insurers and             government offers several ways to locate your
  • Do I have loss-of-use coverage for temporary                                                                     zone. (See page 6) Remember, be ready to
    housing expenses?                                  managed-care organizations to suspend refill-too-
                                                       soon restrictions when a patient seeks a refill in a          evacuate when ordered.
Homeowners should check with their insurance           county that:                                               n	 Prepare yourself for the possibility of damage
agent to see if any home improvements would              • is currently under a Hurricane Warning issued             to your personal property. Flood insurance
qualify for a discount on their insurance premiums.        by the National Weather Service, or                       and renter’s insurance can help to replace your
Information about insurance policies can be found        • is declared to be under a State of Emergency in           belongings should they be damaged. Be sure
through the Insurance Information Institute at             an executive order issued by the governor, or             to take an inventory of your possessions.
www.insuringflorida.org                                  • has activated its Emergency Operations Center
                                                                                                                  n	 Ask questions of your landlord. Will your
                                                           and its emergency management plan.                         landlord take steps to protect the windows?
PREPARE FOR STORM DEBRIS                               This law also allows patients outside of these areas to        If not, you will need to find another place
Prepare now to prevent storm debris by                 get an emergency 72-hour refill if the pharmacist is           to ride out the storm, even if you live in a
trimming trees and cleaning your property              unable to obtain refill authorization from the doctor.         non-evacuation zone.
before a storm threatens.                                                                                         Just as with homeowners, you have a responsibil-
                                                       Keep a list of each medication you take, including
Should a storm impact the area, separate your          the name of the doctor who wrote the prescription,         ity to create a personal hurricane plan. Finding
debris into the following groups:                      the name of the drug, dosage instructions and the          out now what you will need to do may save your
  • Garbage – place garbage in containers and          name and phone number of the pharmacy where                life when a storm threatens.
    double bag additional waste, such as spoiled       you had it filled.
    food, for pick up by your regular hauler
  • Household goods – furniture, clothes,
    books, toys and carpets
  • Yard waste – tree limbs and trunks
  • Construction materials – drywall, roof
    shingles and aluminum
  • Appliances – refrigerators, water heaters,
    televisions and computers
Some important things to keep in mind:
  • Avoid stacking debris by utility poles, under
    power lines, on top of water meters, next to
    mailboxes or fences, or on storm drains.
  • The county cannot enter private property
    to remove debris. Removal can be handled
    by a private contractor. If you contract to
    have the debris removed from your property,
    you must also pay for the disposal. Check
    your insurance policy to verify that you have
    debris removal as part of your coverage.
  • Place all storm debris along the curb.
  • Do not place storm debris in the street.
For disposal information visit
www.pinellascounty.org/utilities and click
Solid Waste (on the left), or call (727) 464-7500.                                                                       www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/helpingchildrencope.htm

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                                                        Hurricane season can be a scary time for kids. It’s      www.weatherwizkids.com
                                                        confusing to evacuate and leave personal belong-         See what makes weather tick in easy-to-under-
                                                        ings behind. Adults in the home may be stressed          stand terms and hands-on experiments.
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                                                        younger family members work their way through            www.fema.gov/kids
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                                                       Business Planning
                                                                                                             Business owners can also contact Emergency
                                                                                                             Management for planning assistance and to sign up
                                                       Businesses that lack a continuity plan can find them- to receive emergency situation reports that can help
                                                                                                             with evacuation planning and recovery. Find more
GET YOUR BOAT SHIP SHAPE                               selves out of business when a disaster closes their
                                                                                                             information at www.pinellascounty.org/emergency
                                                       doors for a few days. Owners of both large
Boat owners need to have a plan to secure and                                                                Choose the Hurricane Information tab and go
                                                       and small businesses need to have secure storage
protect their boats from hurricanes. For information                                                         to Business.
                                                       plans for computer data and paper files, alternative
on how to prepare your boat for a storm, visit                                                                SOME ITEMS FOR A BUSINESS “GO BOX”
                                                       sites for doing business, methods of communicating
www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/boat_safety.htm                                                              n	 List of important business phone numbers
                                                       with employees and customers, and appropriate
A guide to moving your boat to a safe port when        insurance. These are just a few items to consider      n	 Insurance policies
tropical winds threaten, The FDOT Pinellas             when putting together a business continuity plan.      n	 Backup files/tapes of electronic data
County Bascule Bridge Hurricane Plan, is also
                                                       Pinellas County Economic Development can help          n	 Copies of essential business contracts and plans
available from Emergency Management by
                                                       with hurricane planning and recovery for local         n	 Photographs of the business, inside and out
calling (727) 464-3800.
                                                       businesses. Visit www.pced.org/hurricane.
For more information, go to www.boatsafe.com                                                                  n	 Property management contacts/repair vendors
or contact the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at
(727) 898-1324.
                                                       Know your Business Zone.                   WHY?           zone = storm surge = vulnerability
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           EVACUATION GUIDELINES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (mobile homes MUST always evacuate)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Potential Surge Heights (in feet)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Evacuate red areas and all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A   4’ to 8’
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mobile homes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         EVACUATION ZONES




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  B   8’ to 14’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Evacuate red and orange areas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and all mobile homes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  D   19’ to 26’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Evacuate red, orange, yellow and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    green areas and all mobile homes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Evacuate red, orange, yellow,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  E   26’ to 29’    green and purple areas and all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mobile homes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Areas shown in white are non-evacuation zones.
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   PINELLAS COUNTY EVACUATION ZONE MAP AND SHELTER LIST
  Not every shelter will open for every evacuation.                              FLOOD ZONES AND EVACUATION ZONES DIFFER
  Please check www.pinellascounty.org/emergency                                  Flood zones and evacuation zones are different. They measure different
      or call the Citizens Information Center at                                 conditions that may not occur at the same time.
       (727) 464-4333 or TDD (727) 464-3075.                                     Flood zones are areas mapped by FEMA for use in the National Flood Insurance
                                                                                 Program. Each flood zone designation, represented by a letter or letters, tells
                      Tarpon Springs Middle School                               homeowners exactly what the risk is for flooding at their property over a period
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                      501 N. Florida Ave. • Tarpon Springs                       of years, regardless of the cause. By law, all homes in high-risk zones carrying a
                      Brooker Creek Elementary School                            mortgage must be covered by flood insurance.
               2      3130 Forelock Road • Tarpon Springs
                                                                                 Evacuation zones, on the other hand, are based on hurricane storm surge zones
                      East Lake High School                                      determined by the National Hurricane Center using ground elevation and the
               3      1300 Silver Eagle Drive • Tarpon Springs
                                                                                 area’s vulnerability to storm surge from a hurricane. The evacuation zones are
                      Carwise Middle School                                      marked from A through E, plus non-evacuation zones.
               4      3301 Bentley Drive • Palm Harbor
                                                                                 The flood zones and evacuation zones are determined by different methods and
                      Palm Harbor University High School
               5      1900 Omaha St. • Palm Harbor                               have different purposes. A home may be located in a non-evacuation zone, yet
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                                                                                 still be located in a flood zone because of a nearby stream or pond.
                      Palm Harbor Middle School
               6      1800 Tampa Road • Palm Harbor                              Residents must check both zones.
                      Dunedin Community Center                                   An important thing to remember is that flood losses are not covered by
               7      1920 Pinehurst Road • Dunedin
                                                                                 homeowners insurance policies. The National Flood Insurance Program makes
                      Dunedin Highland Middle School                             federally backed flood insurance available to residents and business owners. Any
               8      70 Patricia Ave. • Dunedin                                 flooding damage covered under the policy – whether or not a federal disaster
                      Dunedin Elementary School                                  declaration is made – will be reimbursed per the policy limits, which can
               9      900 Union St. • Dunedin                                    include structural damage or the loss of contents.
                      McMullen-Booth Elementary School
               10     3025 Union St. • Clearwater
                                                                                 For more information on flood zones, visit the National Flood Insurance
                                                                                 Program at www.floodsmart.gov or call (888) CALL-FLOOD (225-5356).
                      Safety Harbor Middle School
               11     901 First Ave. N. • Safety Harbor                          For more information on evacuation levels, check the map in this guide or visit
                                                                                 www.pinellascounty.org/emergency.
                      Clearwater Fundamental Middle School
               12     1660 Palmetto St. • Clearwater
                      Ross Norton Recreation Center
                                                                                 MANDATORY AND RECOMMENDED EVACUATIONS
               13     1426 S. MLK Jr. Ave. • Clearwater                          Should a hurricane threaten the Tampa Bay area, an evacuation order may be
                      Oak Grove Middle School                                    issued. What exactly does that mean?
               14     1370 S. Belcher Road • Clearwater                          An evacuation order is given to get people away from the deadliest part of a
                      Largo High School                                          hurricane – storm surge. Evacuation levels are based on elevation above ground
               15     410 Missouri Ave. • Largo                                  that could be inundated by the surge driven ashore during a storm. There is one
                                                                                 notable exception to this: all mobile homes, regardless of their elevation, must be




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                      High Point Elementary School                               evacuated. They are vulnerable to the high winds of a hurricane and flying debris.
               16     5921 150th Ave. N. • Clearwater
                                                                                 There are two types of evacuations that can be ordered. The first is a recommended
                      Pinellas Park High School
               17     6305 118th Ave. N. • Pinellas Park                         evacuation. In the event of the approach of a tropical storm or a hurricane crossing
                                                                                 the state and exiting over Pinellas, the potential for storm surge may not be as
                      Bauder Elementary School
               18     12755 86th Ave. N. • Seminole
                                                                                 great. In these cases, emergency managers may recommend that residents in
                                                                                 mobile homes and historically flood-prone areas that frequently flood consider
                      John Sexton Elementary School                              evacuating to higher ground and/or sturdier structures than they have available at
               19     1997 54th Ave. N. • St. Petersburg
                                                                                 home. This is done for the safety of those in areas known to be vulnerable.
                      Lealman Intermediate
               20     4900 28th St. N. • St. Petersburg                          The second type is a mandatory evacuation. Mandatory evacuations are issued
                                                                                 when the probability of storm surge is high, and loss of life could occur if
                      New Heights Elementary School
               21     3901 37th St. N. • St. Petersburg                          residents don’t leave. These evacuations will be ordered up to a certain letter zone
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                                                                                 and will always include mobile homes. It is incredibly important that if your
                      Northside Baptist Church
               22     6000 38th Ave. N. • St. Petersburg
                                                                                 home is in an evacuation level, you know your level, plan for a ‘stay’ and ‘go’
                                                                                 option and, if your level is ordered to go, move quickly but safely outside of the
                      St. Petersburg High School
               23     2501 Fifth Ave. N. • St. Petersburg
                                                                                 evacuation area.

                      Fairmount Park Elementary School                           It is illegal to stay in a home under a mandatory evacuation order. Under Florida
               24     575 41st St. S. • St. Petersburg                           Statute 252.38, the local authority has the ability to take necessary steps to
                                                                                 provide for the health and safety of people and property. Chapter 252.50 sets
                      Gibbs High School
               25     850 34th St. S. • St. Petersburg                           refusal to follow an evacuation order as a second-degree misdemeanor.
                      John Hopkins Middle School                                 Does this mean the police will drag you out of your property? No. They will be too
               26     701 16th St. S. • St. Petersburg                           busy helping those who will be following the evacuation order, although they will
                      Campbell Park Elementary School                            likely ask for next of kin or an emergency contact. However, this does provide law
               27     1051 Seventh Ave. S. • St. Petersburg                      enforcement the basis to remove anyone who is impeding the flow of an evacuation.
                      Jamerson Elementary School                                 Remember, emergency managers are counting on you to be prepared and do
               28     1200 37th St. S. • St. Petersburg                          the right thing to keep yourself and your family out of dangerous situations.
                      Gulfport Elementary School                                 Please know your evacuation zone and have a plan for where you will go should
               29     2014 52nd St. S. • Gulfport                                something happen this hurricane season.
                      Thurgood Marshall Middle School
               30     3901 22nd Ave. S. • St. Petersburg
                                                                                          We’re on Twitter:
                      James Sanderlin Elementary School
               31     2350 22nd Ave. S. • St. Petersburg
                                                                                          www.twitter.com/pinellasEM

                      Boca Ciega High School                                              Follow us on Facebook:
               32     924 58th St. S. • Gulfport                                          www.facebook.com/pinellascountynews
                    General
                    Shelters
                                         Special Needs
                                         Shelters
                                                                  Pet-Friendly
                                                                  Shelters
                                                                                                  TM
                                                                                                       See our hurricane videos on YouTube:
                                                              Must register                            www.youtube.com/pcctv1
                                                              pets in advance
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CARING FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS
 Residents with special needs, the elderly, the homeless and those without transportation require extra attention in order to stay
 protected in weather emergencies.
 Though Pinellas County government has education programs in place to help these citizens prepare and find safe shelter, the
 responsibility for storm preparation rests with individuals and their families or caregivers. That planning needs to happen early.
 DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE STORM IS RAGING. Emergency personnel may not be able to respond when high winds make
 road travel hazardous. Plan for safe shelter now.
 Even if you don’t have special needs, you can help others who do. Look around your neighborhood, workplace or place of worship and reach
 out to offer a hand. Serve as a host home, help to answer questions or pick up a few extra survival kit items for someone else.


Residents With                                            What to Expect From a
Special Needs                                             Special Needs Shelter Special Needs Shelters
Should Register                                           Medical personnel from the Pinellas County Health
                                                          Department and School Board will staff special needs        Dunedin Highland Middle School
Residents with certain medical conditions can             shelters. Oxygen is available, but air conditioning         70 Patricia Ave.
get help during an evacuation. Three special              may not be available if power is interrupted.               Dunedin
needs shelters are designated for those requiring
MINIMAL medical assistance.                               Before going to a shelter, arrange to bring at least a      Oak Grove Middle School
                                                          two-week supply of any medications you need
INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW                              along with any needed portable equipment. If you            1370 S. Belcher Road
 • Register now. Contact either Pinellas County           have special diet requirements, be sure to pack             Clearwater
   Emergency Management, your local fire                  your own special nonperishable snacks. For your
   department or your home healthcare provider.           own comfort, bring items such as bedding, sheets,           John Hopkins Middle School
 • Once registered, you will be contacted for more        pillows and blankets. Cots are available on a limited       701 16th St. S.
   information. After a medical needs review, your        basis and are not guaranteed. Air mattresses are a          St. Petersburg
   eligibility will be assessed. If you don’t qualify     good option to add to your supplies.
   for a special needs shelter, other options will be     Special needs shelters do not have hospital beds.

                                                                                                                           Did You Know...
   discussed with you. If you are registered and
   need transportation to a shelter, your local fire
   department will contact you before an evacuation.
                                                          Advice For Residents
 • If you have your own transportation to a special
   needs shelter, registration is not required, but
                                                          With Special Needs                                           Florida law requires that utility companies
                                                          Whether you go to a special needs shelter or not,            offer a “priority reconnection service” for
   it is strongly recommended.                            here’s some good advice to keep in mind when                 people with disabilities who use power-
 • You may bring your caregiver and/or family             preparing for hurricane season:                              dependent equipment. Contact your utility
   with you to a special needs shelter.                     • Start a personal support network of people you           company to get placed on the list.
 • You are not obligated to go to a special needs             can count on during an emergency.
   shelter once registered, if you have made other          • Create an emergency health information card              Service animals that have been individually
   safe and secure arrangements.                              that is customized to you.                               trained to do work or perform a task for a
                                                            • Complete an emergency contact list with names            person with a disability are allowed in hotels,
 • Service animals that have been individually                and phone numbers of family members, friends,
   trained to do work or perform a task for a                                                                          motels and public shelters. Don’t forget to
                                                              doctors, insurance information and hospital
   person with a disability are allowed in any                                                                         pack their supplies, too.
                                                              preferences.
   shelter; there is no registration requirement.
                                                            • Conduct an ability self-assessment. Know what            Wheelchair users need to have more than
 • Pets are only allowed in pet-friendly shelters             you can and cannot do. Talk with your health             one exit from their residence that is wheel-
   with prior registration (see page 10). If you are          care provider about a realistic plan.
   registered for a special needs shelter and you                                                                      chair accessible. Practice how to escape
                                                            • Maintain at least a two-week supply and a
   have no other options for you pet, call Pinellas                                                                    from your home.
                                                              current list of medications. (See “Prepare Your
   Animal Services at (727) 582-2600 to register              Medications” on page 5)
   your pet. Animal Services will make arrange-                                                                        Wear medical alert tags. Also write down
                                                            • Keep important equipment and assistive devices           special instructions for emergency personnel
   ments for your pet to be taken to a host home.
                                                              in a consistent, convenient and secured place.           in a brief and direct format, such as,
                                                          Assistance at a special needs shelter is limited to          “I am deaf, please write down your instruc-
             Register Now                                 basic medical monitoring, oxygen and some backup
                                                          electricity. The shelter will be inside a school and
                                                                                                                       tions” or “Please take my medication from
                                                                                                                       the refrigerator.”
 To register for a special needs                          will likely be crowded and noisy. Cots may not be
 shelter and/or transportation, do                        available for everyone. While this is a safe location        The National Weather Service has information
 one of the following:                                    to ride out a storm, it is not for everyone. Many            on its website to help the hearing impaired
                                                          citizens require more comfortable accommodations             utilize NOAA Weather Alert Radios for
 •   Submit a form online at                              as mobility restrictions make it impossible to sleep
                                                                                                                       emergency weather notifications. Go to
     www.pinellascounty.org/emergency                     on the floor or a cot. In these cases, the host homes
                                                          program is an excellent alternative (see story on            www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/special_need.htm.
 •   Call Pinellas County Emergency                       page 10) or a hotel or motel not located in an               Keep cash available in case you need to buy
     Management at (727) 464-3800                         evacuation zone.
                                                                                                                       special supplies.
 •   Call your nearest fire department
                                                                                                                       Be an advocate for yourself! Practice how
     or home healthcare provider
                                                                                                                       to quickly explain your condition and your
                                                                                                                       adaptive equipment to someone who is
Looking for Volunteers to Help with Pet Pick-ups                                                                       helping you.
A love of animals and enthusiasm for helping others are qualities adult volunteers need to assist special
needs citizens who must evacuate their homes during an emergency such as a hurricane. Pinellas County
Animal Services in Largo is welcoming applications to volunteer with transportation teams that take pets
to safe locations during a declared emergency. This service helps special needs citizens who might
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otherwise decide not to evacuate because of their pets. With this service, these citizens feel more                     EVACUATION TRAFFIC
comfortable about leaving their homes, knowing their animals are safe.                                                     Tune to 1690 AM for the
Volunteers serve as auxiliary Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) members to help transport pets
of special needs citizens to safe, predetermined locations. Those interested in volunteering should call
                                                                                                                           latest on Pinellas County
Pinellas County Animal Services at (727) 582-2600. Helpers need to fill out Pinellas County volunteer                          road conditions.
applications and must complete training facilitated by the Bay Area DART Team.
Surviving the Storm Guide                                                                                                                   page 9

On Track With
Transportation
For those who need to evacuate, but don’t have their
own transportation, a hurricane can cause anxiety.
Pinellas County officials want to make sure that
everyone can get to safe shelter.
If you sign up for the special needs registry, you will
be asked about your transportation plans. If you
need a ride to a shelter, your local fire department
will be in contact with you to make arrangements
when the time comes to evacuate.
If you don’t require special needs transport, PSTA
buses will run nearly all their routes until it’s no
longer safe to travel. During an evacuation, buses
will also run from transfer stations to local shelters.
All rides are free during an evacuation. Prepare
in advance by locating your nearest bus stop.
Some people may not qualify for special needs
transport, cannot ride the bus and have no other
means of transportation to evacuate. If you are in
that situation, contact your local fire department
or the Department of Emergency Management, in
advance, for special assistance. Take advantage of the
help that is there for you. Don’t stay in a dangerous
situation just because you don’t have transportation.
Call the PSTA InfoLine (727) 540-1900.
For current route information during a storm,
go to www.psta.net


Helping Seniors
Older adults, especially those living alone, have
unique concerns that should be addressed before a
                                                                        Special Needs Supply List
storm nears Pinellas County. Increased stress and         Some additional items
anxiety can be a factor leading to more incidents         to be considered:                           Visual impairments:
of illness, particularly for those seniors with heart
disease or respiratory troubles.                          Wheelchairs:                                n	 Talking or Braille clock
If you are an older adult who doesn’t require special     n	 A patch kit and extra inner tubes        n	 An extra white cane, magnifier
needs assistance, you don’t have to ride out the          n	 Gloves in case of broken glass              and glasses
storm alone. Many senior communities are in non-             or debris                                n	 Fluorescent tape to Mark your
evacuation zones, so start a hurricane club with
other people from your neighborhood, social group         n	 An extra battery and/or a converter         disaster supplies.
or place of worship. Meet to discuss preparations            for charging the battery                 Hearing or speech
such as who might serve as a host home and make a         Personal supplies:                          impairments:
list to divide up supplies to gather before a storm.
                                                          n	 Two-week supply of dressing              n	 Extra batteries for hearing aids
Sign up on your cell phone at (888) 689-8905 for             materials, nasal cannulas or
free community notification service to get up-to-                                                     n	 Pencil and paper for communicating
                                                             suction catheters                           emergency information
date storm information. This news can be passed
along through a phone tree to friends and neigh-          n	 Two-week supply of prescriptions         n	 Power converter for your laptop
bors. If a Hurricane Warning should be issued, the        n	 Cooler for refrigerated medications
phone tree would then advise all members to meet                                                      n	 Preprinted key phrases you would
at the host home and remind them to bring emer-           n	 Special dietary foods                       use in an emergency
gency supplies.
It bears repeating that, regardless of age, if you live
in a mobile or manufactured home, you must leave
when the evacuation order is given. A clubhouse is                          Things to Know and Do
likely not a safe place to weather a storm either due
to wind or storm surge. Get together with others          n	 Learn how local authorities will         n	 Carefully monitor weather conditions
in your neighborhood to find host homes in non-                warn you of a pending disaster.             throughout hurricane season.
evacuation zones.
                                                          n	   Build a support network of friends,    n	   If you are going to a public shelter,
If you are an older adult living in a nursing home,            family and neighbors. Let them              wear comfortable clothes and sturdy
assisted living facility or boarding home, contact the         know your needs in an emergency             shoes. Have your “go bag” ready
administrator to learn about emergency preparations.           situation and how they can assist           and let an out-of-town contact know
Let your friends and family members know about                 you with your plan.                         where you are going.
the facility’s plans and give them important contact
information before a hurricane threatens the area.        n	   Connect with a local neighborhood      n	   Take at least two week’s worth of
If you are homebound, discuss your plan with
                                                               group such as CERT (Community               medication with you.
your caregiver.                                                Emergency Response Team),              n	   Be sure to get your prescriptions
                                                               neighborhood watch, neighbor-               refilled. (See Prepare Your
                                                               hood association or a nearby                Medications page 5)
                  Look around.                                 place of worship.
                                                                                                      n	   Have a list of contact numbers and
                                                          n	   Make sure your local fire department        a copy of your personal medical
          If you know an elderly                               knows your needs. Register if you           information, including a list of
      person, don’t assume he or                               need transportation or a spot in a          medications.
                                                               special needs shelter.
            she has a plan. Ask.
                                                                                                      n	   If you stay home, never use candles
                                                          n	   An NOAA Weather Alert Radio                 when the electricity goes out. Stick
               Offer assistance.                               can wake you when severe weather            to flashlights and lanterns.
                                                               is threatening.
       You might be saving a life.                                                                    n	   Help your friends and neighbors
                                                                                                           by sharing this information!
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                                                PLAN AHEAD FOR YOUR PET


                                                                                                                                             PET SHELTERS
                                                                                                                                           Register
 Take a moment to remember the
                                                                                                                                      The Pinellas County School Board
 devastation caused by Katrina’s surging                                                                                              and Pinellas County government
 flood waters.                                                                                                                        provide these three pet-friendly
                                                                                                                                      shelter locations:
 The truth is that Pinellas County is at risk                                                                                         Oak Grove Middle School
 for severe storm surge flooding. Despite                                                                                             1370 S. Belcher Road
 ongoing education, there are citizens                                                                                                Clearwater
 who live in evacuation (or storm surge)                                                                                              Thurgood Marshall Middle School
                                                                                                                                      3901 22nd Ave. S.
 zones in Pinellas County who still do                                                                                                St. Petersburg
 not have plans for safe shelter when a                                                                                               Dunedin Highland Middle School
 storm approaches.                                                                                                                    70 Patricia Ave.
                                                                                                                                      Dunedin
 If a Category 3 hurricane is headed                                                                                                  Residents must preregister
 to Pinellas County, about 391,000                                                                                                    themselves and their pets for
                                                                                                                                      these shelters, as space is limited.
 people would need to evacuate surge-                                                                                                 Mobile home residents are
 vulnerable areas or mobile homes. With         Pinellas County pet owners have options when it comes to pet-friendly                 given first priority. Find a
 approximately 74,000 public shelter            emergency shelters. Pinellas County schools and Pinellas County                       registration form online at
 spaces, alternative shelter is needed.         government have three pet-friendly shelter locations. Per federal law,                www.pinellascounty.org/
 Some people may stay in the county at          service animals are allowed in any public shelter. Those registering                  emergency/petpreparedness.htm
                                                for special needs shelters should read page 8 for more information                    or call (727) 582-2150.
 a hotel or a relative’s house in a non-
                                                on pet sheltering.
 evacuation area. Others may be able to                                                                                               PET-FRIENDLY
 leave early enough to drive hundreds of        Each of these facilities is substantially built, has a large indoor gym               HOTELS/MOTELS
 miles out of harm’s way.                       and separate air handlers to ensure the comfort and safety of allergic                Call the St. Petersburg/Clearwater
                                                citizens who shelter there. Pet shelters accept only cats and dogs, and               Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
 But for others – many of whom are              availability is limited. Please consider these shelters as a last resort in           at (727) 464-7200
 elderly or pet owners – additional local       your planning process.                                                                or check the following websites
                                                                                                                                      during an evacuation:
 opportunities are needed. For them,            Animal shelters, such as Pinellas County Animal Services, the Humane
                                                                                                                                      www.visitstpeteclearwater.com
 organizations that set up a voluntary Host     Society and the SPCA, cannot accept your pets during emergencies.
                                                                                                                                      www.floridapets.net
 Homes program can help.                        Don’t assume that a boarding kennel or hotel/motel will accept your                   www.petswelcome.com
                                                pet. Check ahead and look for kennels in non-evacuation zones.                        www.LetsGoPets.com
 Employers, places of worship, civic            Things to do:                                                                         www.petfriendlyhotels.com
 organizations and community groups                                                                                                   www.petfriendlytravel.com
                                                n	 Take your pet when you evacuate. Do not leave your pet at home!
 are among the organizations that can                                                                                                 www.1clickpethotels.com
 establish their own voluntary Host             n	 Ask friends or family living outside of evacuation areas if they can               www.travelpets.com
                                                     keep your pet.
 Homes programs that they operate for                                                                                                 www.dogfriendly.com
                                                n	 Keep a pet carrier (portable kennel) for each pet – one that allows                gis.pinellascounty.org/knowyourzone
 their own employees or members. It                  your pet to stand and turn around. The carrier should be marked
 gives an opportunity for those within an            with your pet’s identification.                                                  Check with other hotels also; many
                                                                                                                                      have emergency policies and will
 organization who live in a secure home         n	 Make sure all your pet’s vaccinations are current and have proof                   accept pets during an evacuation.
 in a non-evacuation area to open their              available of its current county-issued license.
 home to a fellow member of the same            n	 If you must use a kennel as a last resort, make sure it is not in an
 organization who must evacuate.                     evacuation zone and reserve space as soon as possible. Kennels
                                                     require proof of vaccinations.                                                     Pet Disaster
 Keeping the host/guest matches within
 the organization takes away some of
                                                WHAT ABOUT HORSES AND LIVESTOCK?
                                                Horses and livestock can go to Walsingham Park at 12615 102nd
                                                                                                                                         Supply Kit
 the fear associated with the thought of        Ave. N. in Largo for large animal evacuation. The park provides a                      n	 Proper identification
 helping strangers. It allows the volunteer     perimeter fence, native vegetation and available water. Bring proof of                 n	 Immunization and medical records
 coordinators the freedom to run the            recent Coggins test with you to the evacuation site.                                   n	 County-issued rabies tag
 program according to the needs of the                                                                                                 n	 Food and water (2 wks. supply)
 participating organization.                                                                                                           n	 Food/water bowls
                                                                                                                                       n	 A carrier or portable kennel
 In particular, faith organizations can reach                                                                                          n	 Medications
 out to their elderly and disabled members                                                                                             n	 Muzzle, collar and leash
 to make sure those members have safe                                                                                                  n	 Manual can opener
 shelter. A bonus is that members are                                                                                                  n	 Current photo of pet
 matched with fellow members who can                                                                                                   n	 Favorite toys and blanket
 offer moral support and comfort during a       POST-DISASTER ANIMAL COLLECTION                                                        n	 Cat litter/pan and scoop
 scary and uncertain time.                      After a storm, stray animals will be collected and staged at temporary                 n	 Grooming items
                                                collection sites prior to transfer to more permanent shelters. The loca-               n	 Plastic bags to handle waste
 The program can also benefit pet owners        tion of these collection sites will be determined based on prevailing                  n	 Paper towels
 who might otherwise stay home with             conditions. Every effort will be made to inform the public of these                    n	 Disinfectant
 their pets regardless of the danger.           locations so that animals can be returned to their owners as quickly as
                                                possible. Once the site(s) have been determined you should look for
 Host homes is not a government program;        your pet(s) at the location nearest your home and where you last saw
 it is a voluntary program for community        your pet. To report a lost pet, call Pinellas County Animal Services
 organizations. Pinellas County has prepared    at (727) 582-2600.
                                                                                           Download a Pet Identification Form
 a toolkit and additional information to help                                              from the Animal Services website
 organizations get started.                                                                Follow the heading Pet Hurricane
                                                                                           Planning, fill out the form and tape it
 To find out more go to:                                                                   to your pet carrier or kennel. This form
                                                                                           will contain all needed information
 www.pinellascounty.org/emergency                                                          about your pet for your stay at
                                                                                           Pinellas County pet-friendly shelters.
                                                   www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices
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Surviving the Storm Guide                                                                                                                                              page 11


You’re Prepared and the Storm is Bearing Down
NOW WHAT? TIPS FOR DURING AND AFTER THE STORM

       DURING a storm                                                AFTER a storm                                     FOOD SAFETY GUIDELINES
                                                                                                                  Power outages caused by hurricanes can present
                                                                                                                  health concerns from food spoilage.
WHEN THE STORM’S IMPACT IS FELT                                                                                   Tips to help keep you safe:
While the approach of a hurricane can be an anx-                                                                   • Before the storm, take an inventory of the items
ious time, living through the storm can be terrify-                                                                  in your refrigerator and freezer. Put this list on
ing. If you live in an ordered evacuation zone, you                                                                  the refrigerator door so you know where
should already be at your safe place (host home,                                                                     everything is located.
hotel or shelter). If you are not evacuating, it’s time                                                            • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much
to brave the storm.                                                                                                  as possible. Minimal freezer door openings can
Here are some important tips to remember:                                                                            keep frozen items safe for about two days.
 • Stay tuned to local news or PCC-TV for updates.                                                                 • Refrigerated foods should be safe if the
 • Close interior doors. Secure and brace                   After the storm, it’s time to assess the damage. Keep    power is out for no more than four to six hours.
   external doors.                                          your battery-operated radio close for news reports       Discard any food that has been above 40°F for two
                                                            about damage, road closures, power outages and           hours and any food that has an unusual odor, color
 • If power goes out, use your weather radio                                                                         or texture. Never taste food to determine safety!
   for alerts. For light, use flashlights, lanterns or      other emergency instructions. With three to seven
   chemical light sticks. Avoid burning candles and         days of uncertainty, depending on the storm, you’ll    • If power will be off more than six hours, transfer
   do not run a generator inside.                           need to rely upon what you’ve stored for food,           refrigerated foods to an insulated cooler filled with
                                                            water, medications and entertainment. If the county      ice or frozen gel packs. Keep a thermometer in the
 • Stay indoors and most importantly, stay calm.                                                                     cooler to be sure the food stays at 40°F or lower.
                                                            is hit with a Category 3, 4 or 5 hurricane, it could
 • Parents should extend greater patience and
   understanding to children having difficulty              be weeks or months before life gets back to normal. For more information about food safety, call
   coping with the situation. Be honest about the           Use the following safety steps during recovery: the Pinellas County Health Department at
                                                                                                                  (727) 824-6900 or visit www.pinellashealth.com.
   danger and reassure them that you are focused            GENERATOR SAFETY
   on their safety. Do your best to keep them                                                                          RESTROOM FACILITIES
   entertained or occupied.                                 Home generators provide limited power during a             Improper disposal of human waste can lead to out-
                                                            prolonged power outage. Use them to keep a refrigera-      breaks of cholera, dysentery and other diseases.
 • Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the     tor cold, run a fan, recharge your cell phone or operate
   eye of the storm and winds may pick up again.                                                                       Tips for a sewer outage:
                                                            a microwave oven. Generators can help make your
IF YOUR HOME IS BREACHED                                    storm recovery more comfortable, but they can also kill     • When instructed, do not use or flush your toilet.
Even though you have taken the necessary pre-               if not used correctly. Read instructions carefully and        Powered sewer lift stations may be out of order,
                                                                                                                          which could lead to a sewage back-up into homes.
cautions to protect your home, the exterior can             fully understand how to use your specific generator.
be breached. Debris can break through windows,                                                                          • Use a chemical toilet if one is available.
                                                            Generator dangers:                                          • Create an emergency toilet by using your toilet
and trees can crash through your roof. When this
happens, take these immediate actions:                      Carbon Monoxide (CO) Hazard                                   bowl or a five-gallon plastic bucket with a tight-
                                                            Carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas produced           fitting lid. Line either with a heavy-duty trash bag
 • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or          from burning fuel, is deadly in very small amounts.           and use household bleach as a disinfectant. If
   hallway on the lowest level of your home.                 • Always use generators outdoors, away from doors,           using your toilet bowl, first turn off water and flush
   Remember, the center of your house is the safest.           windows and vents. NEVER use them in homes,                one time to empty before lining with trash bag.
 • Lie on the floor under a table or other sturdy              garages, basements, crawl spaces or other enclosed       • DO NOT use kitty litter in your emergency
   object if you cannot make it to a safe room.                or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation.        toilet. This cannot be flushed after the sewage
 • Consider leaving your home ONLY if                        • Install battery-operated or battery-backup carbon          system is operational.
   remaining poses an imminent threat to your life.            monoxide alarms in your home. Test these alarms          • Once given the OK, dispose of the emergency
 •Wait until the storm has passed to tend to                   often and replace batteries when needed.                   toilet’s contents into your household commode.
   any damage.                                              Electrical Hazards                                          • Thoroughly sanitize your emergency toilet
                                                            Generators create electricity, which can kill if you          with bleach before storing or disposal.
                                                            receive a shock.
                                                             • Keep the generator dry. Operate on a dry surface         • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water
                                                               in an open area. Dry your hands before handling it.        after handling the emergency toilet.
                                                             • Plug appliances directly into the generator or use      DRINKING WATER
                                                               a heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that          A boil-water order can be issued during a hurricane
                                                               is free of cuts or tears and has all three prongs.       or any other significant event that affects the drink-
                                                             • NEVER plug the generator into a wall outlet.             ing water supply. This means there is a possibility of
                                                               This practice, known as backfeeding, can cause           some microbial contamination in tap water. While
                                                               electrocution risk to utility workers and others         there are advanced and expensive filters and special-
                                                               served by the same utility transformer.
DRIVING SAFELY                                                                                                          ized water treatment tablets on the market that
A hurricane can turn a familiar road into an                 • If necessary to connect a generator to house wiring      can make your water safe to drink, there are two
unfamiliar and dangerous one very quickly.                     for appliances, have a qualified electrician install
                                                               needed equipment and teach you how to use it.            methods that are typically used by homeowners:
Driving safety tips:                                                                                                    Boiling
 • Do not drive through standing water. You will            Fire Hazards                                                Boiling is the most effective way to kill bacteria,
   not know the depth of the water nor will you             Generators use flammable fuels, increasing the
                                                            chance of an accidental fire that can threaten your         viruses and parasites in water. According to the
   know the condition of the road under the water.          life and property.                                          Florida State Health Department and the Center for
 • Match your speed to road conditions. Cars can             • Before refueling the generator, turn it off and          Disease Control, a pot of water that has been brought
   quickly become uncontrollable when driving on               let it cool.                                             to a full rolling boil for one minute is enough to kill
   damaged, debris-choked roads.                             • Always store fuel outside of living areas in             pathogens and make the water safe to consume. Let
 • Visibility may be limited. Large trucks and                 labeled containers.                                      the water come to room temperature before drinking.
   increased traffic on congested roadways can               • Store fuel away from any fuel-burning appliance.         Bleach
   obstruct your line of sight.                                                                                         Bleach is a less effective way to sanitize water but
 • Maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you.   CHAINSAW SAFETY                                             it can work if you don’t have access to power or
 • Traffic patterns may be shifted in work zones;           While it is necessary to clear downed trees and branches, cooking fuel. Add 1/8 tsp. of common unscented
   obey posted work zone speed limits at all times.         use great caution when operating a chainsaw. Safety         household bleach (containing 5.25% sodium hypo-
   Be aware of equipment and workers.                       tips to help keep you safe and injury-free:                 chlorite) to a gallon of water and let the water stand
 • Constantly scan for pedestrians who can quickly          Before Starting the Saw                                     for at least 30 minutes.
   lose their footing.                                       • Read your owner’s manual.
                                                                                                                        Remember, these methods work with water that is
 • Obey all “road closed” signs. Just because you            • Wear proper safety gear, including eye and hearing clear but possibly contaminated, not with murky
   can’t see road damage doesn’t mean it is safe.              protection, heavy work gloves and work boots.
                                                                                                                        water taken from a ditch, for example.
 • Treat any intersection with non-working traffic           • Check controls, chain tension and all bolts and
   signals as an “all way” stop. Be prepared to stop           handles to ensure they are functioning properly.         For more information, visit the Center for
   at every intersection.                                    • Fuel your saw at least 10 feet from sources of ignition. Disease Control’s food and water safety page at
 • Not all damaged or destroyed road signs will                                                                         www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/foodwater
                                                             • Clear debris that may interfere with cutting.
   have been replaced.                                                                                                  CURFEWS
                                                            While Running the Saw
 • Be prepared to yield to a pedestrian or another           • Keep both hands on the handles.                          After the storm passes, authorities may announce
   driver or to stop unexpectedly.                                                                                      a curfew. This is a safety measure, usually initiated
                                                             • Make sure you have secure footing.
 • Know where you are going and give yourself                                                                           because roads are still blocked with trees or downed
   ample time to get there.                                  • Do not overreach or cut directly overhead.
                                                                                                                        power lines. To assist in the recovery efforts and to
 • Drive with car lights on, and slow down.                  • Be prepared for kickback.                                keep everyone safe, it is important to comply.
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Evacuation Kit                                                                           Important Contact Information
If you are evacuating to a public shelter: Pack your essentials, but pack light
as space is limited. It is possible you may only have a space that measures              Pinellas County Information
5 feet by 2 feet. Remember, a public shelter is not a cruise ship, it is a life boat     (727) 464-3000 / V/TDD (727) 464-4062      www.pinellascounty.org
with the mission to save lives.                                                          Pinellas County Emergency Management
Suggested items for a “go bag”:                                                          (727) 464-3800 www.pinellascounty.org/emergency
n	  Medications and copies of prescriptions                                              Pinellas County Citizens Information Center **
n	  Nonperishable food                                                                   (727) 464-4333 / TDD (727) 464-3075
n	  Special nonperishable dietary food                                                   Find Your Evacuation Level ***
n	  Several gallons of drinking water to keep in your vehicle.                           (727) 453-3150   gis.pinellascounty.org/knowyourzone
    A minimum of one gallon per person per day.                                          Community Notification Service *
n	 Bedding for a small space                                                             (888) 689-8905
n	 Infant or child necessities (wipes, diapers, bottles)                                 Pinellas County
n	 Personal hygiene items
                                                                                         St. Petersburg/Clearwater Convention and Visitors Bureau
n	 Change of clothes                                                                     (Hotel/motel evac info inside Pinellas County) www.visitstpeteclearwater.com
n	 Eyeglasses                                                                            St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport
n	 Quiet games, toys or reading materials                                                (727) 453-7800 www.fly2pie.com
n	 Important papers and valid ID                                                         Pinellas County Animal Services
n	 Cash                                                                                  (727) 582-2600 / TDD (727) 582-2636      ww.pinellascounty.org/animalservices
n		 Phone list                                                                           Pinellas County Communications
If you are evacuating to stay with                                                       (727) 464-4600 www.pinellascounty.org/communications
friends or relatives or in a host home:                                                  www.pinellascounty.org/tv
Take your “go bag” and ask in advance what you                                           Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board         (For contractor information)
can bring for food and water and what kind of                                            (727) 536-4720 www.pcclb.com
space you’ll have for your possessions and vehicles.
                                                                                         Pinellas County Economic Development
Prepare your home when you leave:                                                        (727) 464-7332 www.pced.org
Regardless of where you are evacuating, before
you leave your home, be sure to do the following:                                        Pinellas County Health Department
n	 Take your valuables and important papers                                              (727) 824-6900 www.pinellashealth.com
n	 Turn off all utilities (water, electricity, gas) at the main switch                   Pinellas County School Board
                                                                                         (727) 588-6000 / School Bus Info Line (727) 587-2020        www.pcsb.org
n	 Lock windows and doors
n	 Fill your gas tank                                                                    Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (non-emergency)
                                                                                         (727) 582-6200 www.pcsoweb.com
n	 Advise friends or relatives of where you are going
                                                                                         Pinellas County Utilities
                                                                                         (727) 464-4000 / Solid Waste (727) 464-7500      www.pinellascounty.org/utilities

Document Checklist inventory: paper copy,
Personal papers to take with you: n	 Household
                                                                                         Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
                                                                                         (727) 540-1900 www.psta.net

n	 Driver’s license or ID card                   photos, video tape or computer disk     State of Florida
n	 Important numbers and                      n	 Doctor’s contact information            Florida Highway Patrol
   emergency contacts                         n	 Copy of wills, trust documents          QFHP (Mobile Phone) / (813) 631-4020      www.flhsmv.gov/fhp
n	 Credit cards and list of creditors            and living wills                        Florida Division of Emergency Management           (non-emergency)
n	 Medical records and blood type             n	 Titles for your house, car and          (850) 413-9969    www.floridadisaster.org
                                                 other property




                                                                                                                                                                   major emergencies within Pinellas County. Your service provider may charge you for these messages based on your plan.
n	 Prescription information                                                              Florida Attorney General’s Office




                                                                                                                                                                   * Sign up to receive text messages on your cell phone regarding hurricane evacuations and recovery, as well as any other
                                                                                                                               (To report price gouging)
   (list medications, dosages,                n	 Birth, marriage, divorce, death and     (866) 966-7226
   prescription numbers, etc.)                   adoption certificates and passports
                                                                                         Federal
n	 Cash and bank account numbers              n	 List of advisors, such as accountant,
                                                 attorney and religious leader           Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
n	 List of savings and investments,                                                      (800) 621-3362 www.fema.gov
   including CDs, stocks, bonds and           n	 Education and military records
   mutual funds                               n	 Other special papers that would         NOAA Weather Alert Radio
n	 List of insurance policies with               be difficult or impossible to           SAME code for Pinellas County: 012103
   company names, policy types                   replace if lost                         National Hurricane Center
   and policy numbers                                                                    www.nhc.noaa.gov

                   Kit
Survival home during a hurricane: Here’s a list of items to consider
If you are staying
                                                                                         National Weather Service/Tampa Bay Area
                                                                                         www.weather.gov/tbw
                                                                                         Utility Companies
for your survival kit. Keep items in airtight plastic bags or containers. Replace
stored water every six months and double-check battery expiration dates.                 Bright House Networks
                                                                                                                                                                   *** Find your hurricane evacuation level using your home telephone number.

                                                                                         (888) 289-8988  brighthouse.com/tampa-bay/default
Suggested items for a “stay kit”              First aid supplies                         Clearwater Gas
n	 One-week supply of fluids to drink         n	 Adhesive bandages, gauze pads
                                                                                         (727) 562-4980   www.clearwatergas.com
   and food that requires no cooking             and tape
                                              n	 Soap and antibacterial hand gel         Knology
n	 Ready-to-eat canned meats,                                                            (727) 239-0211   www.knology.com
   fruits and vegetables                      n	 Antiseptic
n	 Nuts, beef jerky and trail mix             n	 Latex gloves, scissors and tweezers     People’s Gas
                                                                                         (877) 832-6747   www.peoplesgas.com
n	 Raisins, peanut butter and                 n	 Thermometer
   granola bars                                                                          Progress Energy (To report outages)
                                              n	 Sunscreen                               (800) 228-8485 www.progress-energy.com
n	 Formula or baby food                       n	 Over-the-counter pain reliever
n	 Canned juices or sports drinks                                                        TECO (To report outages)
                                              n	 Anti-diarrhea medicine/laxative         (877) 588-1010 www.tampaelectric.com
n	 One gallon of water per person             n	 Anti-itch cream
   per day                                                                               Verizon
n	 Non-electric can opener                    Clothing and bedding                       (800) 837-4966   www.verizon.com
                                                                                                                                                                   ** Only open during emergencies




n	 Utility knife                              n	 One complete change of                  Other Agencies
                                                 clothing and shoes per person
n	 Cups, plates and plastic utensils                                                     American Red Cross
                                              n	 Sturdy shoes or work boots
n	 Cooler and ice                                                                        North County (727) 446-2358 / South County (727) 898-3111
                                              n	 Rain gear                               www.redcrosstbc.org
n Pet food
                                              n	 Blankets and sleeping bags              Catholic Charities
Sanitation                                    n	 Sunglasses                              (727) 893-1313 www.ccdosp.com
n	 Portable toilet (5-gallon bucket,
   heavy trash bags, chlorine bleach)         Tools and emergency supplies               Salvation Army
                                              n	 Flashlight and lanterns                 North County (727) 725-9777 / South County (727) 550-8080
n	 Toilet paper and moist towelettes
                                              n	 Battery-operated radio                  www.uss.salvationarmy.org/uss/www_uss_tampa.nsf
n	 Feminine supplies
                                              n	 Extra batteries                         United Way
n Personal hygiene items
                                              n	 Matches or lighter in a                 (813) 274-0900   www.unitedwaytampabay.org
Kids’ supplies and entertainment                 waterproof container                    Federal Alliance For Safe Homes (FLASH)
n	 Favorite nonperishable snacks                                                         (877) 221-7233 www.flash.org
                                              n	 Compass and local maps with
n	 Powdered milk                                 shelter locations                       Institute of Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
n	 Stuffed animal or favorite toy             n	 A shut-off wrench and other tools       (813) 286-3400 www.disastersafety.org
n	 Blanket and pacifier                       n	 Paper and pencil                        Insurance Information Institute
n	 Diapers and wipes                          n	 Plastic sheeting and tarps              www.iii.org
n	 Card and board games                       n	 Elastic cords or rope                   2-1-1 Referral Line
n	 Books for all ages                         n	 Insect repellent                        211 www.211tampabay.org

								
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