Natural Disaster Safety Tips
- Create a disasterplan before hurricane season begins
- Complete home improvements during the cooler days of the year
- Organize important papers so you can grab them quickly
Prepare an Emergency Survival Kit
- Stay kit: one-week supply of food that requires no cooking, drinking fluids, non-electric can opener, one gallon of water per person per day, cups, plates and plastic utensils, cooler and ice, pet food.
- First Aid Supplies: bandages, gauze pads and tape, soap and anti-bacterial gel, scissors and tweezers, sunscreen, pain reliever and anti-itch cream
- Tools and Emergency Supplies: flashlights, battery-operated radio, extra batteries, matches or lighter in water proof container, maps with shelter locations, shut-off wrench and other tools, paper and pencil and plastic sheeting and tarps
- Sanitation: Portable toilet (5 gallon bucket, heavy trash bags, chlorine bleach) toilet paper and moist tissues, feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Clothing and bedding: One complete change of clothing and shoes per person, sturdy shoes or boots, rain gear, blankets and sleeping bags, sunglasses
- Kids and entertainment: Favorite nonperishable snack, powdered milk, favorite toy/stuffed animal, diapers and wipes, blanket and pacifier, board games, coloring books and colors, playing cards, etc.
Know your evacuation zone
- Check out the following website: http://egis.pinellascounty.org/apps/knowyourzone/
- Call Pinellas County Interactive Hurricane Evacuation Inquiry Line at 727-453-3150 and key in your home phone number without the area code to hear your home's evacuation zone
- Check your county utility bills and the Truth in Millage (TRIM) sent by property appraiser, they will contain your evacuation zone.