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Emergency Preparedness

In Florida, hurricane preparedness is a year-round exercise. Hurricane season runs from June through November and can produce more than a dozen named storms in any given year. While most storms may not threaten our area, the lessons learned from hurricanes in Florida show us that we must always be prepared.

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Here are some things you can do today to prepare for the hurricane season:

While the strength of a hurricane is measured merely by the sustained wind speed, the dangers that hurricanes present include much more than wind damage. Hurricanes combine storm surge, high winds, heavy rains and tornadoes in a powerful and devastating combination.

Storm Surge

Storm surge is an abnormal rise in the sea level that can reach up to 100 miles wide. It sweeps along the coast near where the eye of a hurricane makes landfall. This increase in sea level, topped by waves, is the greatest threat to life and property for those living on the coast. Remember - most hurricane-related deaths are caused by drowning.

High Winds

Hurricane force winds can destroy buildings and create missiles from loose debris, and these winds can remain at hurricane force well inland. If you do not have to evacuate, remember to secure your home and cover your windows before the storm. MOBILE HOMES ARE EXTREMELY VULNERABLE TO HIGH WINDS AND SHOULD BE EVACUATED REGARDLESS OF LOCATION WITHIN PINELLAS COUNTY.

Heavy Rains

Torrential rains often in excess of 10 inches can cause destructive floods along the coast and well inland. It is important that you are aware of your flood zone. Remember, your flood zone is not the same as your evacuation zone. Evacuation zones are determined by susceptibility to storm surge. Flood zones are determined by susceptibility to inland flooding from rising groundwater. If your home or street has suffered from flooding in the past, there is a good chance that you are in a flood-prone area.


Hurricanes frequently produce tornadoes, which add to the destructive force of the storm. Learn more information on tornadoes.

Hurricane Categories
CategorySustained Winds
174-95 mph
296-110 mph
3111-130 mph
4131-155 mph
5above 155 mph


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