Be Prepared: Hurricane Season 2019

On our blog we’ve done a lot of talking about hurricanes. It’s only natural. We help people manage the way weather effects their home. And hurricanes are not only a whole lot of weather, they’re almost a fixture in the Tampa metro area.
 
This year NOAA predicts a normal hurricane season, with 9 to 15 named storms. 4 to 8 of those could become hurricanes. And they predict at least 2 to 4 major hurricanes.
 
We’ve gathered a few resources to help people in our service area make it through hurricane season, safe and sound. Some of these resources are elsewhere on our site, but this is the most up-to-date list.
 
Citrus County
  • Stay on top of storm information with Alert Citrus.
  • If you need a shelter, consult this map.
  • Decide whether you need to leave your home at all with this Citrus County evacuation zone map.
  • If you are interested in volunteering with the Citrus County Citizen Emergency Response Team, you’ll find the information you need right here.
Hernando County
  • Find a Hernando County shelter here. This webpage also provides important information about staying in shelters.
  • Here is the 2019 evacuation map for Hernando County.
  • Stay on top of important storm information with Alert Hernando.
  • Determine whether you are in the flood zone with this tool.
Hillsborough County
  • Get information about Hillsborough County shelters here, and see the list of open ones here.
  • You can go to this link to find your evacuation zone.
  • If you need transportation check the HART Hurricane evacuation routes.
  • If you have special needs you can call 813-272-5900 to receive assistance.
  • If you want to volunteer with the Citizen Corps, you’ll find the information you need here.
Pasco County
  • Shelter and evacuation information for Pasco County is available on this map.
  • Stay on top of storm news with Alert Pasco.
  • You can register for Pasco’s special needs program here.
  • Pasco has joined the National Flood Insurance Program to help residents get flood insurance. Find more information here.
  • Not sure if you need to buy flood insurance? Consult the Pasco County flood map.
Pinellas County
  • During an emergency, Pinellas county lists open shelters here.
  • Get storm notifications from Alert Pinellas.
  • If you’re unsure whether to evacuate or to stay, use the Pinellas County Know Your Zone tool.
  • If you have special needs or no transportation, you can register here to get help.
Marion County
  • When storm shelters open you’ll find the list at this link.
  • Stay on top of all relevant weather information by signing up for Alert Marion.
  • If you have special needs or need transportation assistance in an emergency, you can register here.
  • Get information about Marion County flood zones here.
Tips to Keep in Mind
 
These tips apply to all the above-listed resources.
  • If you have special needs, you need to get registered well in advance of the storm. This will get you transportation out if you need to be evacuated, and it will ensure someone can handle your medical equipment, if you have it.
  • Flood insurance is a great idea. Homeowner’s doesn’t cover flooding. You always have to buy it separately.
  • Supplies will be in short supply. Make sure you have all the supplies you need to either shelter in place or evacuate. Have a “go bag” packed and ready for each family member as soon as you become aware of an incoming storm. Watch for evacuation orders.
And don’t forget to prepare your home to withstand hurricanes.
 
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Here’s hoping everyone has a safe, uneventful hurricane season. But if you don’t, at least now you know where to go!

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