Citizen Corps asks you to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared; to get training in first aid and emergency skills; and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief, and community safety.
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay can help you cope with the devastating trauma of sexual or physical violence, domestic violence or abuse, depression and despair, substance abuse, financial problems, family issues or whenever life’s challenges start to weigh you down. Dial 2-1-1 where you will receive free, confidential crisis counseling by highly trained staff, along with information and referrals to Crisis Center programs or over 3,000 other community services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Recent hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, and winter storms have emphasized the need for us all to be prepared for disasters in the Tampa Bay region. The frequency and intensity of these disasters are increasing. In 1998 alone, Hurricanes Georges and Mitch were responsible for the death of over 7,000 people in Central America and destroyed billions of dollars worth of property in Central America and Florida. The Public Works Department has prepared this guide to help you prepare for disasters.
DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms -- a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency -- FEMA -- is an independent agency of the federal government, reporting to the President. Since its founding in 1979, FEMA's mission has been clear:
to reduce loss of life and property and protect our nation's critical infrastructure from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
We do not encourage the use of sand bags. Technology has greatly improved, and a combination of expandable foam and sheets of polypropylene, or similar plastic, are the best materials to use.
The city may supply sand bags depending on the type of emergency. After an emergency is declared, the bags would be made available at various sites throughout the city. Those locations will be publicly announced at the time of the emergency.
The State of Florida offers the Florida Comprehensive Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program to help Floridians identify how they can strengthen their homes against hurricanes and to reduce hurricane damage exposure in our state, the Florida Comprehensive Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program will offer free home inspections by qualified hurricane mitigation inspectors to eligible homeowners.
The Tampa Police Department is Tampa's law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect the lives, property, and constitutional rights of the public by maintaining and promoting community order and respect for the law.