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At the Pinellas County emergency management offices, they call this time period “earthquake” season. It’s the calm before the storm, but when you are dealing with preparing to help the 1,000,000 residents of Pinellas County during the hurricane season, they’re already thinking through and role playing through emergency scenarios in the war rooms at the Pinellas County offices.
This week is formally National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Now that the Tampa Bay Lightning are out of the playoffs, and the Rays are coasting on cruise control well atop the the AL East, it’s time for you to take a couple of minutes to make sure you’re ready for the real season in the Tampa Bay area, the hurricane season. Take action TODAY to be better prepared for when the worst happens. Understand your risk from hurricanes, and begin pre-season preparations now. Make sure you understand how to interpret forecasts and alerts, and know what to do before, during, and after a storm. If you live in hurricane-prone areas, you are encouraged to prepare before hurricane season begins on June 1.
Hurricane Preparedness Expo
Hosted by: Pinellas County Emergency Management and Largo Fire Rescue
June 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
High Point Elementary
5921 150 Ave N.
Homeowners Association Hurricane Preparedness Event
Hosted By: Pinellas County Emergency Management and Pinellas Park Fire Rescue
June 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center
4951 78 Ave N., Pinellas Park
REGISTRATION LINK: bit.ly/PCHOAEVENT
Condominium Association Hurricane Preparedness Event
Hosted By: Pinellas County Emergency Management and Clearwater Fire Rescue
June 24, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
North Greenwood Recreation Center
900 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, Clearwater
REGISTRATION LINK: bit.ly/PCCOAEXPO
During an emergency
During an emergency, Pinellas County provides up-to-the-minute information to help you protect yourself, your loved ones and your property. During an emergency, check the Emergency Information page frequently for the latest official information.
Pinellas County activates the County Information Center to answer your questions. You can reach the information center by calling (727) 464-4333. Hours of operation will be announced through alerts, social media and the Pinellas County website.
Sign up for Alert Pinellas to get community notifications.
Sign up for Alert Pinellas to receive messages about emergencies and other important community news. Alert Pinellas is an emergency notification service for Pinellas County, local municipalities and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. This service is free to our residents and delivers urgent messages on a variety of situations, such as severe weather, boil water notices, missing persons or evacuations.
NOAA Weather Alert Radio
NOAA Weather Alert Radios deliver automatic alerts from the National Weather Service. We recommend that you configure the radio to receive alerts only for Pinellas County using the Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME). Each model of the radio has different instructions for setting it up, so check your owner’s manual. For Pinellas County, use SAME code 012103.
Free Mobile Apps
Ready Pinellas is a mobile app designed to help residents prepare themselves and their families. It is also invaluable in the case of an emergency, with up-to-date information and notifications that are pushed through to your device. There is information that can be uploaded to your phone so that it will be available to you in the case of power outages and loss of cell service. It is available for free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
The Florida 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic conditions and incident information for the state of Florida. It is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. You can alternatively receive Florida 511 information via text message or social media.
Nextdoor is a social network where you can see news and updates local to your neighborhood or city. Pinellas County and other official agencies use Nextdoor to disseminate important information during emergencies. The app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play You can also access the network by using the Nextdoor website, which has options for email and text messages.
Pinellas County Government
Facebook for Pinellas County Government: @PinellasGov
Twitter for Pinellas County Government: @PinellasGov
Twitter for Pinellas County Emergency Management: @PinellasEM
YouTube for Pinellas County Government: PinellasGov
Pinellas County 2023 All Hazards Preparedness Guide
Hurricanes commonly pose a risk to Pinellas County, and that makes it important to Know Your Risk, Make a Plan, Stay Informed and Get Involved. Coming soon! The 2023 All Hazards Preparedness Guide can help you navigate the ways to prepare and stay safe. The 2023 Guide will be available online and in print in English, Spanish and Vietnamese by June 1.
Pinellas County Connection Television (PCC-TV)
PCC-TV offers information on county programs, services and live coverage of press conferences during emergencies. Watch online or on your television by tuning to Spectrum 637, WOW 18 or Frontier 44.
Pinellas County maintains a collection of educational videos and animations about how to prepare for different kinds of emergencies.
Pinellas County provides frequent updates to local news media during emergencies. Be sure that you are getting your information from trusted media outlets. You can confirm important information through official government platforms like this website, Pinellas County social media, the County Information Center and Live Chat.
Operators are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to answer your questions. Live Chat becomes part of the County Information Center during emergencies and may be preferable for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. It can be found on any page on the Pinellas County website