Hurricane Preparation Check List

With the threat of Hurricane Dorian heading towards the East Coast of Florida this Labor Day weekend, here is a checklist with links to get the information you need to keep you and your family safe.

Sign up for Emergency Warning systems 

Local Warning Systems: 

Alert Tampa will provide essential updates when a Hurricane is threatening the Bay Area about: 

  • Mandatory Evacuations
  • Hurricane
  • Gas Leak
  • Hostage Situation
  • Critical Threat
  • Hurricane Re-Entry Orders
  • Boil Water Orders

 Click here to sign up for Alert Tampa 

HCFL Alert is Hillsborough County's official mass notification system. HCFL will keep you informed about emergencies and certain non-emergency events in Hillsborough County.

Click here to sign up

The Ready Pinellas App 

For checklists, preparedness assistance, and information on vital emergency info click here to download the app

State Warning Systems: 

County Emergency Management- county emergency management contacts and websites

Alert Florida- sign up to receive emergency alerts and other public safety notifications in your community


National Warning Systems / Mobile Apps: 

Florida Storms- Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Florida 511- Get up-to-the-minute, real-time traffic conditions, and incident information for the State of Florida with Florida 511.

FEMA- mobile app

Red Cross- mobile apps

Gas Buddy- Gas stations availability


Evacuations Zones and Shelters 

To find your Tampa evacuation zone and Shelter Information click here

To find your Pinellas evacuation zone and Shelter Information click here

Pet Preparedness 

Make sure your furry friends have a plan during an emergency weather situation

Get info on Pinellas County pet-friendly shelters click here

For information on Pet-friendly accommodations in Hillsborough County click here 

Hurricane Supplies Checklist

According to here are some items that you should have in your Hurricane Kit:

  •  Water one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  •  Food at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask 
  • Moist towelettes
  • Garbage bags 
  • Plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn of utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

To get more information on what you should have in your Hurricane Kit click here


Make sure to listen to Newsradio WFLA to get the latest updates on Hurricane Dorian.

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