City of Tampa urges residents to be prepared for hurricane impact
In anticipation of a potential severe weather event residents are urged to take action now to ensure that you and your family are prepared to survive the storm.
Governor Rick Scott has declared a State of Emergency for the State of Florida. All Floridians are advised to remain vigilant and closely monitor the storm track for Hurricane Irma as it impacts the state and possibly, the City of Tampa.
Make sure you know your evacuation zone. Have family evacuation and communications plans, update your emergency supply kit, and register for Alert Tampa, the City of Tampa’s emergency notification system. Go to www.tampagov.net/hazardmap where you can enter your address to find out your evacuation zone, flood zone and other hazards. As we saw recently during Hurricane Harvey in Texas, flooding can occur from persistent and heavy rainfall in addition to potential storm surge.
Complete a family communication plan. Plan how you will assemble your family and loved ones, and anticipate where you will go.
Prepare a disaster supply kit for your family will keep them safe and healthy during a hurricane.
- Start with a week’s worth of water, one gallon per person per day. Fill tubs and sinks with water to flush toilets.
- Supply your home with non-perishable food items that will not spoil in the event you lose electricity.
- Get a 30-day supply of needed medicines as it will be difficult to fill prescriptions following a major disaster.
- Fill your gas tank and get cash from the ATM, just in case. Keep your cell phone charged and if possible, get a battery-powered charger.
- Make sure you have a weather radio, flashlights, batteries, kitchen supplies, etc. Everything you will need to use in the absence of electricity.
- Don’t forget to put key documents in a safe place. Wrap the documents in plastic and store them on the top shelf of your dishwasher.
The City of Tampa will provide information via social media in addition to the Alert Tampa notification system. Follow the City of Tampa on Twitter @CityofTampa and receive alerts by following @AlertTampa.