It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
Your 2006 Hurricane Handbook
WE’RE TALKING GET ALERTS BY CELL PHONE PHONE NUMBERS
HURRICANES! How will you
Pinellas County Animal Services
.......... 727-582-2600 (TDD 727-582-2636)
“We’ve formed a stra- receive disaster Citizen Information Center••
tegic partnership... We information if .......727-464-4333 (TDD•• 727-464-3075)
also rely a lot on our your power is
congregation to look Community Notiﬁcation Service•
out for each other.” out? What if you ........................................ 1-888-689-8905
– Administrator Tim Fergu- evacuate out of County Connection Center North (CCC)
son, First Baptist Church of the area? Starting ........................................... 727-453-3600
Indian Rocks Beach June 1, Pinellas County Connection Center Southeast
“People have to County residents ........................................... 727-453-7394
expect at least three can receive emergency information
to ten days of living County Connection Center Southwest
in the Stone Age.” via text messages on their cell phones ........................................... 727-453-3500
– Alison McCarty, Seminole and computers -- FREE. Pinellas County Department Of Health ........... 727-820-4155
Fire Rescue Emergency Management Director Gary Emergency Management ....... 727-464-3800
“It’s important to act Vickers (top) calls ReadyAlert “the Cadillac Find Your Evacuation Level•••
quickly when you are of emergency communications.”
given an evacuation ........................................... 727-453-3150
To receive the alerts, call 1-888-689- Florida Department of Transportation
order because the
roadways and bridges 8905 from the device you wish to register Trafﬁc and Travel Information ...........511
will become crowded and enter your zip code. You must be able Highway Patrol Road Emergencies•
very quickly.” to make a call and receive text messages
– Largo Assistant Fire Chief ........................................FHP (Cell Phone)
from the device, such as a cell phone. Highway Patrol Road Conditions
“Signing up is quick and you can opt- ........................................... 813-631-4020
“It would be a won-
derful thing if some- out easily any time,” Vickers said. “We Pinellas County Communications
one in every mobile can reach residents who may be in their ........................................... 727-464-4600
Hurricane home park would (be
– Paulette Derr, Blue Jay Es-
homes, shelters or out of the area and get
them vital information.”
Pinellas County Economic Development
Myth tates Hurricane Committee.
“We’ll knock on doors
Pinellas County Emergency Manage-
ment has contracted with ReadyAlert, a
Pinellas County Information
.......... 727-464-3000 (TDD 727-464-4431)
where someone has Tampa-based company that offers the Pinellas County Utilities ......... 727-464-4000
Hurricanes never come here. indicated they planned text messaging service to government Progress Energy ................... 1-800-228-8485
FACT: The chance of one or two strong storms to ride out the storm agencies and companies that need to Red Cross North ..................... 727-446-2358
slamming into the county is very real. Be prepared! at home…we’ll try to reach their employees.
convince them to think Red Cross South...................... 727-898-3111
better of it.” “Subscribing to this service will Pinellas County Sheriff ........... 727-582-6200
MORE MYTHS continued page 4
– Lyn Heiges, St. Pete Beach allow Pinellas County to literally reach Solid Waste ............................. 727-464-7500
Emergency Response Team out and touch you,” said Bob Austin, of TECO .................................... 1-877-588-1010
ReadyAlert. “They will let you know when U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster
BEING PREPARED IS “They say, ‘be sure to have your bag ready.’
you have to evacuate and when it’s safe Customer Service Center ..... 1-800-659-2955
to go home. You can also be notiﬁed if
FASHIONABLE THIS SEASON Well, I have it ready. I keep one separate there’s a water alert or maybe a gas leak
•Sign up to receive text messages on your
and all ready to go.” cell phone regarding hurricane evacua-
in your neighborhood.” tions and recovery, as well as any other
Hundreds of Two years ago during Hurricane Charley,
mobile home major emergencies within Pinellas County.
Komoscar stayed in her mobile home. But
increased hurricane activity has made her
NEIGHBORHOOD SOLUTIONS ••Only open during emergencies
ly came to the adopt a sound evacuation strategy. •••Get your hurricane evacuation level by
Largo Cultural Pinellas County residents keying in your telephone number
“The hurricane last year was down near are banding together to
Center to browse Ft. Myers. And storms have hit north of us. help their neighbors survive
informational So they’re getting closer and closer to where this year’s hurricane season. WEBSITES
displays geared we’re living. So that is why I evacuate now. “People need to reach
to the mobile home community. Why is this out to their neighbors,” Pinellas County Emergency Management
And why a lot of us do,” said Komoscar. http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency
information in demand? It’s ﬁnally fashion- Bill Hagerman, manager of Boulevard said Pinellas County Administrator
able to be prepared for storm season. Stephen Spratt (right). “Hurricane Katrina Find Your Evacuation Level
Estates, feels it’s his responsibility as a
“Because of Katrina and the devastation,” showed us that government assistance is http://pubgis.co.pinellas.ﬂ.us/hurricane_txt/
park manager to ensure his residents are limited, and everyone has to take it upon
says Bob Neff of Down Yonder Mobile Storm Preparation Information
prepared for anything. “They’re ready to themselves to protect their families and
Home community in Largo. “And because http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/local.htm
learn what they need to do,” says Hager- their neighbors.”
we’re in a pattern now where there are man. “It’s a matter of me moving forward The National Hurricane Center predicts Pinellas County Utilities
more hurricanes, people are taking it a bit 17 named storms during the hurricane http://pubgis.co.pinellas.ﬂ.us/pcuweb_live/index.cfm
and getting them information rather than
more seriously.” them seeking it out themselves.” season this year to include nine hur- Pinellas County Economic Development
Since she doesn’t drive, El Dorado Village Several mobile home communities ricanes - ﬁve a Category 3 or stronger. http://www.pced.org
resident Dorothy Komoscar, speaking with Although Pinellas hasn’t faced a direct Pinellas County Communications
in Pinellas County already have estab- hit since 1921, lessons from the past two
County Connection Center’s Armanda Lampley lished park-wide hurricane strategies http://www.pinellascounty.org/communications
years have residents helping each other,
(above), ﬁnds that a team approach works and report nearly 100% compliance and emergency planners looking for more Pinellas 18
best for her preparedness plans. “I have with the recommendations. community partnerships http://www.pinellascounty.org/tv_18.htm
friends who are picking me up,” she said. Ofﬁcials are working with local agencies FEMA
to increase the number of residents that can http://www.fema.gov
be safely housed inside the county, includ-
OUR SURVIVAL KIT LIST ing the homeless and medically dependent.
National Hurricane Center
❑ Know your evacuation zone ❑ Baby food/formula, diapers and wipes NEIGHBORHOOD SOLUTIONS continued page 6
❑ Containers for drinking water ❑ Extra prescription medicine (2-week supply)
(5 gallons per person) ❑ Battery-powered radio and extra batteries TABLE OF CONTENTS
❑ Seal water containers tightly ❑ 2 ﬂashlights & 2 extra packets of batteries
Helping Children Cope . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Special Needs Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
❑ Containers for sewage: 5-gallon ❑ List of important phone numbers
buckets, with covers (at least 2) Business Owners Checklist. . . . . . . . . . . 2 Transportation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
❑ Insurance policies/titles to real property
❑ Heavy-duty trash bags ❑ Special dietary needs Lessons Learned: My Katrina . . . . . . . . . 2 Public Shelter Information . . . . . . . . . . 4
❑ Unscented bleach (pure) ❑ Portable cooler Prepare Your Home and Family . . . . . . 3 •Pinellas County Shelter List . . . . . . . . . .5
❑ Water puriﬁcation tablets ❑ Matches or lighters Boaters: Chart a Safe Course . . . . . . . . . 4
❑ Non-perishable (canned or packaged) What to do before, during and after a storm:
❑ Insect repellent •Find your evacuation area Pet Preparedness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
food and beverages (a 3-day supply)
❑ Rope •What to do if you must evacuate Hurricane Myths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
❑ Pet carrier(s), extra pet food and
water, litter or other pet needs ❑ Duct tape •Prepare your paperwork Pinellas Evacuation Level Map . . . . . . . 5
❑ Non-electric can opener ❑ Tarp •Safeproof your home and garden
❑ Toiletries Create a Family Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
❑ Emergency/camping cooking •Create a storm-safe room
equipment and fuel ❑ First-aid kit Host Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Mobile Home Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
❑ Fire extinguisher ❑ Cash Neighborhood Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
2 Your 2006 Hurricane Handbook
HELPING CHILDREN COPE DURING A HURRICANE LESSONS LEARNED
• Children mirror their parents’
By Kay Norred
anxieties, so be calm to help re-
duce your children’s fears. As a Pinellas 18 reporter, I’ve covered hur-
• Listen to fears and reassure ricane preparation and my share of disasters.
children often and repeatedly. Dispelling rumors, reporting facts, explaining
• Encourage them to talk and options and exploring lessons learned from such disasters is our
ask questions. media mission. This year, Pinellas 18 is working hard to produce
• Spend extra time before storm stories that help you including live updates, press conferenc-
bedtime; leave a door open and es and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage from the Emergency
night light on. Operations Center.
• Maintain close contact. Hold Soon after Hurricane Katrina touched down along the Gulf Coast,
and touch your child. I was deployed to Hancock County, Mississippi, 40 miles east of New
• Don’t discipline for unusual Orleans, ground zero for the category-ﬁve storm. I am used to covering
signs of anxiety during a crisis, like catastrophes but what I was about to see would be date stamped in
bedwetting or thumb sucking. my memory forever.
• Allow for mourning and My ﬁrst day in Bay St. Louis was one I’ll never forget. Row after
grieving over the loss of mean- row of “tent cities” were popping up everywhere. Some people
ingful items. were claiming the ground where their homes once stood. Others
A hurricane is a frightening experience for If you must leave your child
were staking new territory; a Walmart parking lot. Just about every
everyone, but for a young child, it can be extremely Children who have been through a disaster are
old, abandoned lot or patch of grass was now someone’s new place
threatening. An extra amount of understanding and afraid of being separated from family and left
patience is usually necessary for a child who may alone. Avoid separation, even to go to the store. If
It was a primitive sight. No bathrooms, no hot food, some with-
have difﬁculty coping with the situation. Consider you must leave children with friends or relatives,
out a roof over their head; just sleeping bags or blankets on the
how your children might react in a disaster, reassure them:
ground. I asked why they weren’t in shelters and was told because
what your own reactions might be and how the • Let your child know how long you will be away.
only two shelters survived the storm. And, most of these people
crisis could affect emotional and physical well- • Let your child know how often you will be in
were those who refused to evacuate, even to local shelters. I asked
being. University of Florida/IFAS – Pinellas County touch with him or her.
many of them if staying was worth it. I guess you can imagine
Extension offers these suggestions: • Keep in touch with your child frequently and as
their answers. Not one answered yes.
Making plans for the family regularly as you promised.
As conversations continued, a deeper effect of the storm
• Involve children in emergency planning, such • Make sure your child’s needs are being met.
emerged. Victims spoke of sleeplessness, irritability and anxiety
as checking supplies and writing a shopping list. Stay tuned in to your child
about the upcoming hurricane season. Some spoke of guilt from
• Follow suggestions or warnings by emergency Some children may need additional help in
suffering only minor damage as they witnessed much more loss to
services for the care and safety of your child. coping with a hurricane. Their behaviors may
their friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
• Use simple and matter-of-fact language to indicate additional problems. Following a disaster
The issue of preparedness was a topic of great discussion. What are
discuss safety steps. some children may:
people’s expectations following a disaster? The people of Hancock
• Play “let’s pretend...” games with young chil- • Be upset at the loss of a favorite toy, blanket, or pet
County quickly learned the more you prepare to be on your own, the
dren to help them work out “what if” situations. • Be angry. They might hit, throw, kick to
better off you’re going to be. As one victim told me, “Hurricanes can
Evacuating with your family show their anger
happen. Hurricanes do happen. They happen every year. It’s not a
• Pack a small bag or box of supplies with games, • Become more active or restless and
matter of if one’s going to hit… but when.”
books and hobby items. experience nightmares
• Remember diapers, food and drinks for kids. • Be afraid of the hurricane recurring
• Bring a favorite toy or stuffed animal to help • Want to sleep with a parent or other person
children feel more secure. • Have symptoms of illness such as nausea,
Coping with emotions vomiting, headaches, lack of appetite
Even after families are out of danger, children • Be quiet and withdrawn
may remain afraid. Research indicates that fears • Become easily upset, crying and whining frequently
vary with age, maturity, and previous experiences. • Feel guilty that they caused the disaster be-
Four major fears common in children are: death, cause of some previous behavior
darkness, animals and abandonment. Children • Feel neglected by parents who are busy
are likely to experience three of these major fears trying to clean up and rebuild
during a storm which impacts their ability to cope • Refuse to go to school or to child care
for some time. Emotional support from parents is • Become afraid of loud noises, rain, storms
critical, well after the storm is over. • Not show any outward signs of being upset
“We have always had a disaster recovery
BUSINESS OWNERS LIST Business Preparation Tips
plan. But after Hurricane Katrina we went “This is a great time for business owners to • Take the necessary precautions. As can make all the difference. Christman
back to the drawing board. Our number one evaluate their coverage,” said Mike Meidel, Pinel- a storm threatens, secure your building. volunteered for a week this year in New
issue was communication with our employ- las County’s Director of Economic Development. Cover and move equipment and furniture Orleans to help with their business recov-
ees. We created a 1-800 number and an Now is the best time, Meidel added, because it to a secured area. ery efforts. Christman chose to go not only
Internet access system so that updates could may be too late once June 1 rolls around, and • Always protect your data with back up ﬁles. to help the disaster victims; but also to
be provided no matter where our employees typically insurance companies will not write poli- • Make plans to work with limited cash gather information and best practices that
evacuated. We encouraged employees to sign cies if an active storm is on the horizon. and probably no water, sewer or power would assist local businesses before and
up for payroll check direct deposit. If employ- Downloading Pinellas County’s Hurri- for at least two weeks. after a storm.
ees are scattered from the area, we want to be cane Preparation and Business Continuity • Contact your customers and suppliers “One of the most valuable lessons
able to pay them and let them know what’s regarding your continuity plans. learned that I can pass along is the obser-
Checklist is the ﬁrst step toward keeping
going on. There are so many issues to look at • Protect windows and glass doors. vance of how much better the businesses
your business safe. This 31-page guidebook
in a preparedness and recovery plan, but we • Clear the property or tie down any that had interruption insurance pulled
outlines in an easy to follow format what
are making many changes.” through this catastrophe than the ones
to do before, during and after a storm. You items that could become ﬂying missiles.
Mark James, Safety Supervisor that did not have it,” Christman said.
Transitions Optical can get this guidebook at www.pced.org or • Fill ﬂeet cars and equipment gas tanks.
“We established a Disaster Preparedness by calling 453-7200. • Turn off electricity, water and gas. Business owners need to think about
Committee several years ago including mem- Set Up A Go Box For Critical Papers • If your business is in a non-evacuation what they would do if their buildings were
bers from functions across the company. When • Use a plastic, waterproof container that area, think about having your business unusable after a storm. Here are a few
storm strikes are eminent, we coordinate and can be used to hold and carry important busi- serve as a “host shelter” for employees. tips to keep in mind:
meet, often several times a day. At the begin- ness documents and helpful forms including: Employees Need TLC • Understand that Business Interruption
ning of the season, we make great efforts to • A list of all employees, key customers and Communicate your business hurricane Insurance will compensate you for lost
get information to employees about prepared- clients along with their phone numbers plan with your employees. Remember, income if your company has to leave the
ness both on and off the job. When storms are • Insurance policies and agent contact too, that your associates may need some site because of disaster-related damage.
being tracked, employees are kept informed information extra consideration. Probably all of your • Be sure that the policy will cover your
through news channels, posted announce- • Back-up electronic data employees need time to prepare their company for more than a few days. After
ments, emails and phone mail. We have a • Equipment, computer software/hard- own homes and talk with their families a disaster, it may take more time to get
plant closing policy and make sure employees about their own personal disaster plans. back up and running.
ware and furniture inventories
are aware of all emergency phone numbers. Business Interruption Insurance • Ask what the waiting period would be
• A list of emergency vendors, like
ConMed Linvatec employees are very compas- Adding that coverage could be as impor- before the insurance coverage begins.
plumbers and restoration contractors
sionate. They donated money, goods and tant as ﬁre or ﬂood insurance. Suzanne • Explore the cost of adding this cover-
transportation to victims of last year’s storms. • Copies of essential business policies,
plans and agreements Christman, Pinellas County’s Senior Man- age to your speciﬁc business type. Some
We immediately offered jobs to displaced Hur-
• Photographs of the business, both ager of Business Development, saw ﬁrst- businesses, like restaurants, might have to
ricane Katrina victims.”
Penny Jerge, Communications Manager inside and out hand how Business Interruption Insurance pay a higher premium based on risk.
ConMed Linvatec, Largo
Your 2006 Hurricane Handbook 3
PREPARE YOUR HOME: BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER A STORM #4: SELECT A SAFE ROOM Weather Radio is a reliable source. Turn to
If you don’t have to evacuate and plan Pinellas Channel 18, Your County Connec-
#1: DO YOU LIVE IN AN EVACUATION AREA? ﬁlms, tempered glass and other products to weather a hurricane at home, set up a tion, to receive the latest ofﬁcial Pinellas-
• Call the Pinellas County Interactive may not withstand wind-borne debris felt safe room for you and your family in case speciﬁc information. Don’t rely on rumors
Hurricane Evacuation Inquiry Line at (727) during a hurricane. your home is damaged. This is also a good and speculation.
453-3150 and key in your home phone Plywood place to store emergency supplies, impor- #6: IF YOU MUST EVACUATE
number without the area code to hear your • Don’t risk long lines and limited sup- tant papers and battery-powered radios. When an evacuation order is given, only 8 to
home’s evacuation level. plies if you plan to shutter with plywood. Make sure the room has a solid-core 12 hours are left before conditions become too
• Go to www.pinellascounty.org/emer- Buy and cut early. door with heavy duty hinges for greater treacherous to be on the road. If the evacua-
gency/local.htm and click on Evacuation • Use a minimum of 5/8ths inch thick protection. Use long screws to ensure the tion order applies to your area, you should:
Lookup. Type in your home address to see your exterior grade plywood to withstand hinges are anchored securely. Installing a • Secure all windows and doors tightly.
evacuation zone and nearest shelters. Click on flying debris. deadbolt lock, like those found on entry • Put your Disaster Survival Kit in your car.
Evacuation Level Maps to view your location. • For masonry buildings, use ma- doors, will further help protect you and • Turn off electric, water and gas.
• Call Pinellas County Emergency Man- sonry screws that cut their own thread in your family. • Wear protective clothing like long
agement at (727) 464-3800 for help looking concrete, or use lag shields inserted into Where your safe room should be located pants, long sleeve shirts and sturdy shoes.
up your home’s evacuation level. Regular predrilled holes. Wood screws can be used depends upon how many levels are in • Lock your home.
business hours are from 7:30 a.m. until for wood framed homes. your home or building. • Evacuate quickly but safely. The sooner you
4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. • In a one-story house, the ideal safe leave, the less time you spend in a trafﬁc rush.
room is in the center of your home with • Only evacuate as far as necessary. Traf-
few or no windows. ﬁc gridlock could leave you stranded. When
• In a two-story house, seek out an inte- the storm passes, you may not be able to
rior ﬁrst-ﬂoor room such as a bathroom, get back in. Ofﬁcials suggest going to some-
closet or space under the stairs. one else’s home in a non-evacuation area.
• In a multiple-story building, go to the • Let friends and family know your plans.
ﬁrst or second ﬂoors and take refuge in
halls or other interior rooms away from #7: WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING
windows. Interior stairwells and areas IS ISSUED
around elevators shafts are generally the Hurricane conditions are less than 24
strongest parts of a building. hours away and violent weather may come
quickly. If you are not ordered to evacuate,
#5: AS A STORM APPROACHES complete your preparations and head to
If you are planning to leave the area, go
your home’s safe room.
early. Other tips:
• Move your supplies and disaster sup-
• Reﬁll your prescriptions. Make sure
plies kit to your safe room.
you have at least a two-week supply.
• Close all interior doors. Secure and
• Fill your car’s gas tank. Have the
brace external doors, particularly double
oil, water and tires checked. Gas pumps
inward-opening doors and garage doors.
cannot operate during power outages.
Hurricane Shutters • Most importantly, stay inside and do
• Pinellas County Utility bills and Truth Place emergency items inside like
Typically made of metal, vinyl or poly- not leave your shelter.
in Millage (TRIM) Notices by the Property booster cables, tire repair kit and spare
Appraiser list evacuation zones. carbonate, these shutters come in many tire, flashlight with extra batteries #8 WHAT TO DO AFTER THE STORM
Remember, all residents living in mobile designs. Check options with a licensed and matches. HAS PASSED
homes/manufactured homes must evacu- installer and be sure they meet the 2002 • If your home may ﬂood, stack valuable • Wait for authorities to give word before
ate, even if their homes are located in a Florida Building Code. items and cover them with plastic. going outside or returning home. The clear
non-evacuation area. Hurricane Screens skies and calm winds of the hurricane eye
• Get cash. Credit cards may not work.
Some of the newest options available • Secure your boat and make arrange- can be deceiving.
#2: GET PREPARED are permanently attached metal mesh
Check Your Disaster Survival Kit ments for your pets early. • At ﬁrst, stay off the roads. Emergency
screens or ﬂexible woven polypropyl- When a Hurricane Watch is issued, vehicles have priority.
Purchase needed items. Have at least a ene netting. Both are approved for use
two-week supply of non-perishable foods a storm may affect our area within 36 • When safe to return home, avoid ﬂood-
throughout Florida. hours. This is the time to review your ed areas, downed power lines and debris.
and a manual can opener. The food, drink- Garages
ing water, ﬁrst-aid supplies, ﬂashlights and family plan (page 5) and Survival Kit • Have valid I.D. with your correct ad-
According to the Federal Alliance for dress for security checkpoints.
other essentials may save you from strug- checklist (page 1) as well as:
Safe Homes (FLASH), about 80 percent of • Be patient. It may take up to three
gling to ﬁnd basic needs after the storm. • Contact family members to coordinate
wind damage in homes starts with wind days for emergency workers to reach your
Get Your Paperwork In Order efforts and exchange plan information.
coming through the garage door. neighborhood; up to a month for utilities
Copy important documents, medical and • Turn refrigerator and freezer to
• Florida building codes now require to be restored.
legal records, receipts of valuable items coldest settings.
signiﬁcantly stronger garage doors on all • Don’t let children play in ﬂood waters
and other papers. Place originals in a safe, new construction. • Freeze drinking water in plastic jugs.
watertight place. Inventory all items you • Stock up on an emergency water or near storm drains.
• If your garage door was installed • Clean up the most dangerous condi-
and your family own in case you need to supply. Sterilize bathtub, jugs, bottles,
before 2002 code changes, call the manu- tions in your home, such as broken glass.
ﬁle an insurance claim. utensils and containers.
facturer to determine the strength of the
Check Your Insurance Coverage • Set up 5-gallon buckets with tight-ﬁtting Take photos for insurance purposes.
door or ask a building inspector to check
• If you live in a ﬂood-prone area, look the door for its wind-worthiness.
into ﬂood insurance. Most Pinellas County • Replace older garage doors or retroﬁt
communities participate in the National with bracing kits.
Flood Insurance Program making lower- Your Roof
cost ﬂood insurance available to residents Your home’s roof is the ﬁrst line of de-
living in designated ﬂood-prone areas. fense against rain. High wind can tear off
• If you live in unincorporated areas and shingles, underlayment and even the roof
have questions about the program, call the sheathing. Before a storm threatens, take
Pinellas County Development and Review a good look at your roof.
Services (727) 464-3888. • Are the shingles in good condition?
• If you live in a municipality, call your Does the roof need repair? Small leaks can
city hall. You can also view all of the ﬂood become severe with heavy rain and the
insurance rate maps (FIRM) on the county’s impact of storm debris.
website, www.pinellascounty.org. • Inspect the underside of your roof
#3: GET YOUR HOME IN SHAPE from inside the attic for structural prob-
Whether or not you evacuate, you still lems. Look along the rafters or the tops
should carefully protect your home. Don’t of the roof trusses for large nails driven
wait until a storm approaches. through the sheathing and not secured • Use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergen-
lids for use as emergency toilets. Line each
• Keep trees and shrubs trimmed and into the frame. That could mean the roof- cies only – not damages or power outages.
bucket with a heavy-duty plastic trash bag.
remove any limbs that overhang your ers misnailed the roof deck . One or two • Watch for downed or dangling utility
• Install shutters or precut plywood
home. Dead and diseased tree limbs can may be OK, but more than that, and your wires, especially when cutting or clearing
easily be snapped off in high winds, caus- roof’s strength could be compromised. debris or walking through standing water.
• Drop the water level in your pool by 1
ing great damage. • If you need to have your roof redone, • Don’t try to help a stranded animal.
or 2 feet. Shock the pool with extra chlo-
• Replace stone mulch with shredded be sure to ask the roofer to renail your Call Pinellas County Animal Control (727)
rine to compensate for heavy rains.
bark mulch. sheathing to ensure it is properly secured 582-2600.
• Turn off the pool pump. Put outdoor
• Bring in all yard furniture, grills, potted and specify wind-resistant shingles. • Use caution when opening doors, cabi-
furniture and pool equipment into the
plants and other items. For more hurricane-resistant home tips, nets and closets. Items moved around dur-
pool, but remove after the storm passes
Windows And Doors check out the Florida Home Builders ing the storm could fall and cause injury.
to prevent rusting.
Windows and doors are particularly vul- Association at www.fhba.com under
• Listen for weather updates and infor-
nerable to wind and rain damage. Window the Consumer Services Section.
mation on local TV or radio. The NOAA PREPARE YOUR HOME continued page 6
4 Your 2006 Hurricane Handbook
TIPS FOR MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOME RESIDENTS PET PREPAREDNESS
If you live in an evacuation area and plan
Why Evacuating Is The Only Safe Option
to use a shelter, register your pet now.
• No mobile/manufactured home – no
matter how new it is – can be a safe shelter
Estimates are that about 3,500 spots
from hurricane-force winds. are available at kennels and veterinar-
• Often tornados’ spin out from hurricane- ian offices for boarding pets. Most of
type weather. Mobile/manufactured homes those are already booked. “That leaves
offer poor resistance to a tornado’s winds. more than 200,000 pets in the area that
• Even hurricane straps or other tie- need somewhere to go,” said Dr. Kenny
downs will not protect a mobile home Mitchell, Director of Pinellas County
from the wind gusts associated with a Animal Services. • Make sure you have a collar and leash
tornado or hurricane. “Plan ahead to avoid so many of the for keeping your pet under control.
You must evacuate if you live in mobile/
Planning Ahead Is Crucial sad stories we are still hearing post Hur-
manufactured homes, even if you live in a • Keep a pet carrier for each pet. Make
Many of the good practices for you are ricane Katrina. Even today, people are still
non-evacuation zone. Many mobile home sure your pet can stand and turn around
the same as the ones for people living in looking for their pets. Make sure your pets
parks and neighbors have plans in place. inside it. Mark the carrier with your pet’s
other types of homes. A few are designed have microchips. Take photos and keep
Residents of the Amber Glades Mobile identiﬁcation.
for you with a sense of urgency in mind. them with your important papers. If you
Home Park in Safety Harbor held a hur- • Assure that all your pet’s vaccinations
• Know you will be told to leave and get separated, this will be your salvation
ricane information expo to educate their are current and have proof available.
decide where you will go if an evacuation for getting your pet back.”
neighbors. Pinellas County experts advised • Prepare a Pet Disaster Kit. Include two
is ordered. Where Puss & Pup Can Go
people about the importance of evacuating weeks’ worth of food and water, a manual
• Stay with friends and relatives or regis- • Animal shelters, such as Pinellas
and why. More than 450 people attended.
ter with a host home program. (See page 6) can opener, collar and leash, current
“It was massively successful,” said Dan Ross, County Animal Services, the Humane
• Have a mobile home contractor install photos and description of pet, any medi-
expo organizer. Society and the SPCA cannot accept your
tie-downs or straps on your mobile home. cations with dispensing instructions, all
Ross went on to say that when a survey pets, Mitchell said.
was done before the expo, 60% of residents
Make sure they’re anchored securely to the medical records along with veterinarian’s
• Don’t assume that a boarding kennel
said they did not plan to evacuate if a hur- name, feeding and water bowls, favorite
• Take all important papers with you or or hotel/motel will accept your pet.
ricane hit. After the expo, their eyes were toys and blanket, cat litter, scoop, liners
keep them at a location other than your Check ahead and look for kennels in non-
opened. “Some responses are still out but and pan, grooming items, plastic bags to
home when evacuating. evacuation zones. Call (727) 464-7200,
so far, 85% of residents now say they would handle waste, a First Aid Kit and pet ﬁrst
• If you are planning to go to a shelter, the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area
leave,” Ross said. aid manual.
pack medications and any special dietary Convention & Visitors Bureau or check
The organizers went even further to pro- • If you must use a kennel, make sure
items you may need. www.petswelcome.com.
tect their friends and neighbors. They put it is not in an evacuation zone. Reserve
• If you are a special needs patient who • Most public shelters will not accept
together a park emergency response team space as soon as possible. Be ready to
requires assistance to evacuate, make pets. Two pet-friendly shelters will be
and created a hurricane booklet. show proof of vaccinations.
sure you are registered with your local ﬁre opened. One is located in St. Petersburg
Residents have got to pay attention. “People After A Storm
are going to die if they don’t,” said Ross. department ahead of time. and another is in Palm Harbor. Pre-register • Don’t allow your pet outdoors after
by calling (727) 582-2150. Space is limited. a storm. Downed power lines, debris,
Pet Safety Prep Tips
SPECIAL NEEDS? REGISTER NOW Pinellas County Emergency Management • Take your pet with you when you evac-
reptiles brought in with high water and
www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/ other loose animals may harm your pet.
Citizens with special medical needs uate. Never leave your pet home alone.
pdf/special_needs_form.pdf. You may Your pet might get confused by the loss of
can get help during an evacuation. • Ask friends or family living outside of the
familiar scents and landmarks.
Pinellas County has partnered with local also get the registration form from your evacuation areas if they can keep your pet.
• Don’t let your pets roam alone outdoors.
municipalities to offer sheltering and home healthcare provider, the Health De- • Make sure your pet has proper identi-
Frightened or confused animals could easily
transportation, if you meet the eligibility partment or call your local ﬁre department. ﬁcation. This means having a collar tag or
requirements. Those with certain medi- • Once registered, you will be contacted microchip implant. Remember: A license is
for more information. For transportation, • Don’t let your pet drink or eat food from
cal conditions may be able to stay in your pet’s ticket home.
your local ﬁre department will contact outside that may have become contaminated.
special needs shelters.
“Please do not wait until there is a threat you prior to any evacuations. SEPARATING TRUTH FROM FICTION … DEAL OR NO DEAL?
of evacuation,” said David MacNamee, a • You do not need to be registered to go
Pinellas County Emergency Management to a special needs shelter if you have your Be hurricane savvy, toss out the false- MYTH: Protecting my home is too ex-
Coordinator. “You may be too late. own transportation, but county ofﬁcials hoods and only deal with the truth: pensive. FACT: Cost-effective options are
Register now.” The local ﬁre department strongly encourage you to do so. MYTH: Hurricanes do not impact inland available. See page 3 (#3) for affordable
• Register if you need transportation to counties. FACT: Hurricane winds and rain home preparation ideas.
and the Department of Health will assess
a shelter. affect large areas. Just ask Polk County, MYTH: Leaving windows open on one
each individual and notify him or her,” impacted three times in 2004 or folks in side of my house will reduce “pressure.”
MacNamee said. To help citizens with special needs, the the inland areas of the Gulf Coast devas- FACT: If you let wind in your house, it
“We want anyone with special needs Department of Health and the Pinellas tated by Katrina. must escape. The force will ﬁnd the
to be in the appropriate situation during County School Board staff special needs MYTH: There is nothing we can do. If weakest link and explode it.
an emergency. That may mean a special shelters with nurses and other medical the hurricane comes, it will blow ev- MYTH: Taping my windows will prevent
needs shelter, a general shelter, a health- personnel. Oxygen is available. But citizens erything away. FACT: Take the time to them from breaking and ﬂying into the
should plan on bringing their own medica- shutter windows, brace doors and bring house. FACT: Taping windows is a waste of
care facility or staying at home if that is in yard items and, chances are, you will
tion and any needed special equipment. time. Use shutters made of metal or at least
best for an individual.” suffer far less damage during a hurricane.
Special needs shelters are offered only 5/8 inch plywood fastened correctly.
Are you eligible for any of the Special Needs
and Transportation Programs? if you have no other options for shelter- Sources: FLASH (www.ﬂash.org); National Weather Service, Ruskin, FL and Pinellas County Emergency Management.
• Fill out a registration form and send ing, and you require limited medical
it to either Pinellas County Emergency assistance. Shelters do not have hospital Find more hurricane information at www.pinellascounty.org.
Management or your local ﬁre rescue de- beds and cannot assist those with acute
partment. Forms are available online from medical problems. BOATERS: CHART A SAFE COURSE
Don’t let hurricane season take the wind
times and stay out of deserted or restricted out of your boating fun. Know how you’ll
PUBLIC SHELTERS areas of the building. secure your boat but remember, even the
If you must evacuate, the ﬁrst choice is to • Law enforcement personnel will be sta- best protective measures will not guarantee
seek shelter with friends, family or a host tioned at each shelter. Report any suspicious that your boat will survive a storm.
home. Public shelters are a ﬁnal option. activity to them. • Always keep your watercraft in good
While they are safe places to be in a storm, • Show courtesy for others by not disturb- condition. Be careful that all systems are
space and comforts are limited. ing those around you. functioning. in the event of a hurricane. As a general rule,
• Bring folding chairs, cots, pillows and • Show respect and gratitude to the Pinel- • Review your insurance policies and keep line should be twice the diameter of your
blankets, special dietary needs, prescription las County Schools by leaving the shelter the them up-to-date. normal line.
medications, baby diapers, formula, etc. way you found it. • Keep batteries fully charged and make • Talk with your marina about their hur-
Bring along your Disaster Survival Kit. certain bilge pumps are fully operational. ricane plans and how to protect your boat.
• Bring books, puzzles and other quiet HURRICANES & BUS TRANSPORTATION • Create a hurricane plan for your boat. • Remove all loose items on deck including
games to pass the time. If you must leave your home but don’t Be sure to ﬁle a copy of the plan with your bimini tops, plastic side enclosures, sails and
• Do not bring jewelry or other valuables have personal transportation to your desti- marina operator. dinghies. Store them on land. Store small,
to the shelter. Make plans for those items nation, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Author- • Take photographs of your boat, write a loose items below deck, including antennas.
before leaving home. ity (www.psta.net) will drive their regular description along with an inventory and put The FDOT Pinellas County Bascule Bridge
• Do not bring pets, ﬁrearms, illegal drugs routes until it’s not safe to travel. If you plan them with your important papers. Hurricane Plan, your guide to moving your
or alcohol to public shelters. Only pet-friendly to go to a host home, know the bus route • Write up a checklist of actions to take if a boat to a safe port when tropical winds
shelters welcome pets. Register for those to your destination in advance. If you plan hurricane or tropical storm develops. Begin threaten, is available from the Pinellas Coun-
ahead of time. (See story, upper right) to take the bus to a public shelter, the bus implementing your hurricane checklist when ty Department of Emergency Management.
Once you arrive at a public shelter, the fol- will transport you to the closest available a Hurricane Watch is issued by the National Check out www.pinellascounty.org/Boat-
lowing suggestions will help make your stay shelter. Plan to bring only essential items, Hurricane Center. Don’t wait for a Hurricane ing_safety, Pinellas County Hurricane Guide
more pleasant for everyone. including your Disaster Survival Kit and Warning or evacuation order to act. for Boaters and www.boatsafe.com,
• Keep an eye on your children at all important papers. • Purchase and stow mooring line to use Hurricane Preparation for Boaters.
Your 2006 Hurricane Handbook 5
An Anclote Blvd
Riv ity B
Ave Keystone Rd
5 HARBOR 4
28 OUR FAMILY PLAN
6 Tampa Rd kR
d Evacuation Level: ___
ce Where we’ll go if/when we need to evacuate.
Will I go to a host home? ❑ Yes ❑ No
Gulf of Blvd Curlew Rd Tam
If Yes, list name, address and phone #: __________
Mexico pa R
d OLDSMAR __________________________________________
Does my employer provide a special shelter for me
and my family? ❑ Yes ❑ No
580 If Yes, list address and phone #: _______________
Enterprise Rd ug
Will I go to a hotel/motel? ❑ Yes ❑ No
SAFETY Do they accept pets? ❑ Yes ❑ No
BEACH Clearwater 25 19 If Yes, list name, address and phone #: __________
Sunset Point Rd
CLEARWATER Find more evacuation information and maps at
19 If required, have I registered for Special Needs Evacu-
ation Assistance? ❑ Yes ❑ No
9 PINELLAS COUNTY LEGEND
WIND MPH SURGE
EVACUATION LEVEL My pet(s) name/type of pet(s)? _________________
Cs 74 TO 95 TO 7 FT.
Gulf to Bay Blvd Courtney Cam
B 96 TO 110 TO 12 FT. What will I do with my pet(s) if I stay home? ______
C 111 TO 130 TO 15 FT.
D 131 TO 155 TO 20 FT.
E 156 PLUS TO 24 FT.
What will I do with my pet(s) if I evacuate? _______
19 Belleair Rd = EVACUATION ROUTE
Important: All mobile home residents must evacuate under
all hurricane evacuation orders regardless of location.
How will I secure my boat? ___________________
Can I be a host home? ❑ Yes ❑ No
INDIAN If Yes, how many/who will I host? ______________
BEACH Ulmerton Rd Ulmerton Rd __________________________________________
6 6 th S t
What preventative measures will I take to safeguard
113th S t
13 118th Ave my home? _________________________________
l ge 92
y Brid Window/door protection arranged? ❑ Yes ❑ No
SEMINOLE Are important papers copied and originals placed,
S t ark e y R d
131st S t
11 86th Av 19 92 with valuables, in a waterproof, safe place?
❑ Yes ❑ No
SHORES PINELLAS PARK
Copies placed: _____________________________
Safe room identiﬁed? ❑ Yes ❑ No
62nd Ave N
54th Ave N
BAY PINES 15
REDINGTON 19 SHORE
Have I obtained the elements of my survival kit?
ACRES ❑ Yes ❑ No
38th Ave N 40th Ave N
on Company & Policy # Phone #
28 th S t N
4 9 th S t
3 1s t S t N
4th St N
BEACH 22nd Ave N
Home Owner’s SS#: _________________________
Renter’s Insurance: __________________________
6 6 th S t S
13th Ave N
9th Ave N Health Insurance: ___________________________
5th Ave N 17
Central Ave 1st Ave N
Flood Insurance: ____________________________
TIERRA VERDE TREASURE
Auto Insurance: ____________________________
24 19 175
58 th S t S
4 9 th S t S
16th St S
vd 22 Name Phone #
18th Ave S
23 Doctor: ___________________________________
GULFPORT Dentist: ___________________________________
Gulf of Maggiore School(s): _________________________________
3 1s t S t S
Boca Day Care: _________________________________
Family and friends to notify of our plans:
ST. PETE BEACH __________________________________________
Pinellas Point Dr Central Family Contact: ______________________
PINELLAS COUNTY SHELTERS
1 Tarpon Springs MS...................501 N. Florida Ave., Tarpon Springs 12 •St. Pete Judicial Tower.......... 545 1st Ave N., St. Petersburg 23 Sanderlin ES .......................... 2350 22nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg
2 Brooker Creek ES................... 3130 Forelock Rd., East Lake 13 Pinellas Park HS .................... 6305 118th Ave. N., Pinellas Park 24 Fairmount Park ES ................ 575 41st St. S., St. Petersburg
3 East Lake HS .......................... 1300 Silver Eagle Dr., East Lake 14 Lealman Intermediate .......... 4100 35th St. N., St. Petersburg 25 ••Dunedin Highland MS ......... 896 Union St., Dunedin*
4 Carwise MS ............................ 3301 Bentley Dr., Palm Harbor 15 John M. Sexton ES ................. 1997 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg 26 ••Oak Grove MS ...................... 1370 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater*
5 Palm Harbor University HS ... 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor 16 Northside Baptist Church ..... 6000 38th Ave. N., St. Petersburg 27 ••John Hopkins MS ................. 701 16th St S., St. Petersburg*
6 Palm Harbor MS .................... 1800 Tampa Rd., Palm Harbor 17 St. Petersburg HS................... 2501 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg 28 •Palm Harbor White Chapel ... 1190 Georgia Ave., Palm Harbor
7 Safety Harbor MS .................. 125 7th St N., Safety Harbor 18 Thurgood Marshall MS .......... 3901 22 Ave. S., St. Petersburg
8 McMullen Booth ES ............... 3025 Union St., Clearwater 19 Gibbs HS................................ 850 34th St. S., St. Petersburg • Pet Shelter – You Must Pre-register For Pet Shelters Through Animal Control.
•• Special Needs – To Pre-register For A Special Needs Shelter,
9 Kennedy MS .......................... 1660 Palmetto St., Clearwater 20 Gulfport ES ............................ 2014 52nd St. S., Gulfport Please Call The Department Of Health Or Emergency Management.
10 Largo HS................................ 410 Missouri Ave., Largo* 21 Campbell Park ES .................. 1051 7th Ave. S., St. Petersburg ES - Elementary School, MS - Middle School, HS - High School
11 Bauder ES.............................. 12755 86th Ave. N., Seminole 22 Jamerson ES .......................... 1200 37th St. S., St. Petersburg
* Shelters open for Recommended Evacuations
6 Your 2006 Hurricane Handbook
H OST H OMES : H ELPING T HOSE W HO M UST L EAVE T HEIRS
If you live or work in a non-evacuation To help you get started, Pinellas
zone, consider sharing your home or busi- County offers a Host Home Hurricane
ness with others who will need shelter Plan on its website, www.pinellascounty.
during the storm. With almost 600,000 org/emergency. Forms, letters and ques-
residents living in evacuation areas or tionnaires are included in the plan.
mobile/manufactured homes, your help If your business, church or organiza-
could make all the difference in some- tion wants to offer a host program,
one’s safety and comfort. consider these tips:
Many churches, businesses and civic • Appoint a group coordinator to fol-
organizations are setting up Host Home low necessary steps to get the program
Programs for their members. off the ground.
“Last year, we put out a list for mem- • Survey your group for their
bers of our church at the suggestion evacuation zones. Visit the map on
of Pastor Mike Thurau. We asked for www.pinellascounty.org/emergency
names of members who live in non- or call 464-3800 to ﬁnd the zones.
evacuation areas who would be willing • Determine the suitability of using your
to host someone in our church who had facility as a host site. Refer to the host home
to evacuate,” said Tami Bails, Christ hurricane plan on www.pinellascounty.
The King Lutheran Church in Largo. org/emergency/local.htm. A host home or
“We asked about things like smoking facility must be in a non-evacuation zone,
NEIGHBORHOOD SOLUTIONS continued from page 1 and pets. That way, we are ready to be hurricane-ready, structurally sound and
help when the hurricane season starts.” cannot be a trailer or mobile home.
Municipal ﬁre departments are reach- “We’ll be dispatched to homes where
Host home programs could take a • Ask about special needs for members.
ing out to business, civic, religious and there are special needs people,” Heiges
huge load from public shelters and • Establish an early relationship with hosts
neighborhood organizations to enlist said. “We can help them get to a shelter
allow people to ride out the storm in and guests. Match up similar needs and
their aid to increase public awareness or hospital. We’ll knock on doors where
much more comfortable conditions. lifestyles like smokers and pet owners.
and the need to be prepared. someone has indicated they planned to
PREPARE YOUR HOME continued from page 3
“We’ve learned from New Orleans that ride out the storm at home...we’ll try to
the state and federal government can’t convince them to think better of it.” • Sterilize tap water for drinking or • If the damages require you to leave your
respond as quickly as people expect,” After the storm, volunteers will help cooking with puriﬁcation tablets. home, secure your property, remove valuable
said Seminole Fire Rescue spokesperson ﬁreﬁghters assess damage and go on pa- • Use foods from the refrigerator and items, lock windows and doors and leave con-
Alison McCarty. trol to prevent looting, he said. the freezer ﬁrst; non-perishable foods last. tact information with your insurance agent.
McCarty says Seminole is doubling or Some members are amateur radio #9 STORM RECOVERY • Check with your local building or
tripling past reserves of water, food and fuel operators and, with city-owned short-wave You saw the aftermath of last year’s storm permitting ofﬁce to determine if repairs
and she urges residents to follow suit. radios, can maintain communications be- season. Expect devastating conditions. require a permit.
“People have to expect at least three to tween the barrier islands and the mainland • County and city employees will be Know Your Rights
ten days of living in the Stone Age,” she when other communications fail, he noted. focused on search and rescue and damage Criminals may prey on your vulner-
said. “They have to anticipate being with- CERT operates in other communities assessments. They cannot provide food, ability after a storm. Know your rights as a
out food, running water and electricity.” including Dunedin, Treasure Island and water, gasoline or ﬁnancial assistance dur- consumer and don’t let your eagerness to
McCarty has seen many more requests cities served by Suncoast Volunteer ing this time period. make repairs leave you a victim.
for educational programs during the past Fire Rescue. • Expect little, if any, support from the • Be cautious of anyone coming to
few months than in previous years. Church Community state and federal government and utilities your home uninvited and offering to do
“People are much more concerned now The religious community has also agencies during the ﬁrst three days as they home repairs.
because of Katrina,” she said. gotten involved out of concern for their mobilize their resources. • Be alert to individuals canvassing your
Neighborhood Groups congregations. • After the initial 72 hours, state and neighborhood in an unmarked van or truck.
Many neighborhoods have banded Tim Ferguson, administrator at First federal agencies will begin providing • Insist on a written estimate and get
together to increase hurricane preparation Baptist Church of Indian Rocks Beach, food, water and ice to areas that can be estimates from several companies.
and disaster response. says they have reinforced their fellowship reached. City and county crews will begin • Be sure the contract or business card
At the Blue Jay Estates mobile home center against hurricane winds so it can clearing streets of debris so that emer- has an address, telephone number and
park in Palm Harbor, for example, resi- be used as a shelter for members. gency vehicles, work crews and civilian license numbers.
dents published The Hurricane Guide for “We don’t turn anyone away,” he said. vehicles can get through. • Ask for references and check them out.
Blue Jay Residents, outlining how each of “But, we primarily want to take care of • When the area is stabilized, long term • Insist on start and completion dates in
the 235 homeowners should prepare for our members who are evacuated from the recovery begins with business restoration, the contract.
a hurricane. beach communities and mobile homes.” building repairs and interim long-term • Do not pay the ﬁnal balance for work per-
Community Emergency Response Teams While they have no bedding available, a housing for those who lost homes. formed until it is completed to your satisfaction.
(CERT) well-stocked kitchen is opened. • In the months that follow, state and Contact the Pinellas County Department
Volunteers throughout the area are ready And, the church is providing shelter for federal governments will set up sites to of Justice and Consumer Services for more
to assist police, ﬁre and rescue teams, as nearby ﬁreﬁghters and Sunstar ambulance take insurance and ﬁnancial aid claims information at (727) 464-6200.
well as their neighbors through organized employees who need off-duty shelter. such as long-term housing, and loans for Assistance from Disaster Relief Agencies
auxiliaries known as Community Emergen- “We’ve formed a strategic partnership reconstruction and small business. The Federal Emergency Management
cy Response Teams (CERT), with these organizations. We help them File Insurance Claims Agency (FEMA) may establish Disaster
The St. Pete Beach Volunteer Response with shelters. We beneﬁt, too, by having You may need to access the coverage of Recovery Centers throughout the county.
Team formed 15 years ago. In addition to the paramedics in our shelter and getting both your homeowners and automobile poli- These centers are kept open and running
helping in evacuations and recovery, the communications from them,” he said. cies to put things back together. Be sure to: as long as necessary to serve the public.
team sponsors an annual hurricane sym- “We also rely a lot on our congregation • Report property damage to your Depending on the storm’s severity, assis-
posium to help prepare residents. to look out for each other,” he said. “This insurance agent immediately. Your agent tance may include:
Lyn Heiges, the team’s president, said isn’t really anything special for hurricanes, should provide you with claim forms and • Temporary housing
about 60 members would be activated to just part of our teaching. Our members arrange for an insurance adjuster to visit • Low interest small business loans
report to areas near their homes. Some look out for others with special needs.” your property and assess the damage. • Unemployment assistance
carry pagers; others have two-way radios • Make emergency or temporary repairs and • Individual and family grants
provided by the city to organize volunteers document them. Keep all receipts and take • Crisis counseling
in their neighborhood. photographs of the damages, before and after
an emergency repair, to submit your claim.
Pinellas County complies with the Americans with
Disabilities Act. To obtain accessible formats of this
document, please contact the Communications
Department: (727) 464-4600/TDD (727) 464-4431.
Produced in Cooperation with the Pinellas County
Communications, Economic Development,
Emergency Management and Utilities Departments,
at a cost of 22 cents per copy. 5/06
Eric Bell, Len Ciecieznski, Marcia Crawley, Kathy Ferguson, Tom Iovino,
Debra Lansdowne, Terri Legatti, Terry Murphy, Kay Norred, Joan Panabaker,
Dave Shelton, Nanette Wiser and Pinellas County Emergency Management team.
Hurricane illustrations provided by the children attending Pinellas County
Extension’s 4-H Youth Program.
New Orleans was home to
2,000 have reopened
Proper plannning for business continuity can make all the difference when it comes to surviving
the storm. With predictions for an active hurricane season already in the news, Pinellas businesses
are encouraged to develop plans to aid with post-disaster recovery. For many people, creating a
business continuity plan can be a difﬁcult and intimidating process; just knowing where to begin
is hard enough.
Pinellas County Economic Development has assembled all of the tools you’ll need to prepare for
the 2006 hurricane season at pced.org/hurricane. You may also contact us at (727) 453-7200 for
your copy of PCED’s 2006 Hurricane Preparation Checklist for Businesses.
A small amount of time spent in preparation can make all
the difference to the future of your business.
EC O N O M IC D EV ELO P M EN T
W W W. P C ED.O R G
In the event of an approaching hurricane, plan
for its arrival as well as the aftermath. Your
water, sewer, and solid waste services may be
interrupted. Call Pinellas County Utilities
at (727) 464-4000 for your free hurricane
preparedness brochure (English or Spanish). The
brochure has information regarding water storage,
purifying water, waste collection and disposal
procedures, solid waste disposal, and household
electronics & chemical waste disposal.
Clean up your yard and storage areas
BEFORE the storm.
Waste disposal is easier before the Minimize damage to the exterior
storm rather than after, when the storm of your home:
has dispersed materials all over the Secure or remove loose items such as: sticks,
neighborhood. Before the storm, your trash limbs, branches, cut tree stumps, trash cans,
collection services will be on schedule and furniture, and all items that may become
reliable. After the storm, these services airborne during a storm.
may be unavailable for a period of time. Prune trees and limbs, particularly those that
When services are restored, they may be are close to buildings and utility structures.
overwhelmed with volume.
Pinellas County Utilities Customer Service
Stock basic sanitation supplies: (727) 464-4000
Pinellas County Utilities Solid Waste
• Medium-sized plastic buckets (727) 464-7500
with tight lids
• Plastic garbage bags Evacuation Zone Information
(heavy duty) and ties (727) 464-3800 Emergency Management
• Household chlorine bleach (727) 453-3150 Interactive Voice Response
(pure, unscented, liquid) System (IVRS)
• Water puriﬁcation tablets Citizens Information Center (C.I.C.)
• Soap and liquid detergent *Phone center activated only in emergencies
• Toilet paper Internet: www.pinellascounty.org/emergency
The Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Center is
a drive-thru drop off center for household chemical waste such as
paints, cleaners, pesticides, automotive ﬂuids and ﬂuorescent bulbs,
as well as electronics such as personal computers, VCRs
2990 - 110th Ave. North l St. Petersburg
Mon., Tues. and Fri.: 6:30 AM - 4:30 PM l Thurs.: 8 AM - 6 PM
Every 3rd Sat. of each month: 7 AM - 4 PM l Closed Wednesdays
Aerial Photo Courtesy of NASA-JSC