Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Hurricane seasons have become increasingly above average storm producers. Millions of Floridians spent many hours in their cars, stuck in traffic as they evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma. Preparing a Plan of Action may help you save time and money later. Do not wait until a storm forecast to start getting ready. Take action now!
Know Your Zone
The City of Belleair Bluffs is not in a flood zone however, portions of Bluff View Drive residences and condominiums are in Evacuation Zones A – D depending on their elevation. There are many ways to learn your zone. To find your zone or download the new mobile app “Ready Pinellas” at Google Play or the Apple Store.
Have a Plan
Before a storm approaches, complete a disaster plan to ensure you and your family has what you need, when you need it. Do not wait until during the chaos of an impending storm to begin preparations. Many items will either be sold out or priced higher than average. Please make your plan today!
An emergency kit should include a NOAA weather radio, flashlight and batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, can opener, and clothes. Consider re-filling medications and gather copies of prescriptions, spare pair of eyeglasses and any special products for babies, elderly and medically fragile family members and pets.
Even if you are not in an evacuation zone, you still want to think about your medical needs during a storm and potential power outages that occur. Ask yourself, if my medical equipment is dependent on electricity, although I am not in an evacuation zone, is it going to be safe to stay in my home when I do not have power? Please fill out the Special Needs Registration form if you think you require assistance.
If you must evacuate, the best choice is to shelter with friends or family in non-evacuation zones. You need to think of shelters as life rafts and not cruise ships. Shelters only provide food and shelter. You must bring a sleeping bag or cot, and essential items.
Is Your Pet Prepared?
1. Make a Plan
2. Be a Stickler
3. Pet Emergency Kit
4. Staying In
5. Going Out
6. Stay Calm
2018 Hurricane Symposium
On Monday, April 23, 2018, the City of Belleair Bluffs collaborated with the Town of Belleair to host “Sheltering in Place: A Hurricane Awareness Symposium”. The community gathered at Belleair Bluffs Community Center to learn about how to prepare for storm related events with topics ranging from general preparedness tips to generator safety and special needs registration. Pinellas County Marketing and Communications recorded and edited the video below.
Tampa Bay Hurricanes: Myths vs. Facts
Have you ever heard someone say Tampa Bay has a special protection from hurricanes? The latest episode of Pinellas County's Discovering Pinellas shares the facts about hurricanes featuring TV meteorologist Denis Phillips, Pinellas Emergency Management Director Cathie Perkins, and a local historian.
Watch this video and share it with your friends and family on social media or email: Discovering Pinellas: Hurricane Myths vs. Facts.
You can also help by taking 2 minutes to offer your opinion after watching the video by completing this brief survey.
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Go to www.redcross.org/monsterguard, text ‘MONSTER’ to 90999
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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS LINKS
Pinellas County Hurricane Guide
Largo Fire Rescue Station 43 WeatherSTEM
Pinellas County Emergency Management | (727) 464-3800
Find your evacuation level | (727) 453-3150
Special Needs Registration | (727) 464-3800
Follow Pinellas County Emergency Management on Twitter
Download the new Ready Pinellas app
Sign up for Pinellas County's Emergency Notification Service Alert Pinellas
Set your Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) equipped all-hazards alert radio for Pinellas County: Enter code 012103
If you know someone who would like to receive the e-Lert newsletter, click here.
Ready.gov has more tips to help you prepare for hurricane season.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity helps Florida businesses prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other disasters.
FEMA Individual Assistance
National Hurricane Center
National Weather Service