|2012 Hurricane Information
|Date of Record: June 20, 2012|
The 2012 hurricane season began June
1st, are you prepared? Planning ahead can stop a lot of
confusion and help eliminate extra stress at the time of an event.
Weather forecasters start tracking storms and predicting their paths
as soon as they form. A "5-day cone" and a "3-day cone" are
created which show the forecast path for the center of the storm with
as much as a 300-mile "cone of uncertainty."
Things to be done before the cone:
Know your evacuation zone.
If you or a member of your family
will require special needs assistance or transportation to a
shelter, register with the fire department by calling 727-587-6737
and have the paperwork sent to you, fill it out and return it.
During a 5-day cone action:
Review your family disaster plan
Get your survival kit and
important papers ready.
Begin work to prepare your home
If you live in an evacuation zone,
know where you will go and how you will get there.
During a 3-day cone action:
Double check your survival kit and
make necessary purchases to avoid lines and traffic.
Gather special supplies for
infants, children, seniors and pets.
Be sure you have all materials and
tools necessary to shutter windows. Shop early.
If your plans are to evacuate,
make arrangements, book reservations and pack what you can in your
Hurricane watch actions:
Fill vehicle gas tank.
Get cash and secure papers and
Fill containers and tubs with
water, even if evacuating - you may need the water when you return.
Secure yard equipment and
Shutter your windows.
Help neighbors with their
If your plans are to evacuate out
of the local area, make final preparations to secure your home so
you can leave as soon as an evacuation order is issued.
If you are registered for
transportation to a public shelter, be sure you have everything you
need for your "go bag".
Hurricane warning actions:
Stay tuned to local news and get
your weather radio ready.
Complete any final preparations to
evacuate or to shelter in your home.
If your plan is to travel out of
the local area and you can leave at this point, do so.
If you are registered for
transportation to a public shelter, have your "go bag" ready.
Rescue workers will begin pick-ups shortly after an evacuation order
Once an evacuation order is issued:
Determine if your residence is
affected by the evacuation order (does it include your evacuation
zone or do you live in a mobile or manufactured home?)
If you are evacuating locally, get
to your shelter location within a few hours of the evacuation order.
Be sure to check which public shelters are open.
If you are traveling out of the
local area, leave as quickly as possible to avoid traffic jams.
If you are not required to
evacuate, prepare a safe room in your home and stay off the roads to
enable evacuation traffic to clear the area.