Hurricane season begins June 1st and will end November 30th

2020 hurricane names

Emergency Alerts

Stay ahead of the storm with Alert Pinellas. Sign up for notifications during emergency situations including mandatory evacuations, hurricane information, flooding events, local emergencies and more.

Before the Storm

Plan an evacuation route. Stop by any St. Pete Beach Fire Rescue station, St. Pete Beach Library, St. Pete Beach Community Center or City Hall to pick up the Pinellas County All Hazards Preparedness Guide

Have disaster supplies on hand

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Emergency food and water (3-5 day supply)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Essential medicines
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Make arrangements for pets

If you have special needs that require assistance and you do not have a friend or relative that can help you, please call St. Pete Beach Fire Rescue at 363-9206 to register for the Special Needs Evacuation list.

During a Hurricane Watch

A hurricane watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 48 hours. Pay close attention to evacuation requirements. This is the time to decide whether to evacuate or stay! Remember that shelters should be considered a last resort. Make arrangements to stay with friends or family further inland, or travel to a hotel inland until the storm passes.

  • Listen to weather updates and stay informed
  • Check emergency supplies
  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside
  • Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outside antennas
  • Store drinking water in clean containers and bathtub
  • Check Disaster Supply Kit
  • Review evacuation plan
  • Secure boat or move it to a designated safe place
  • Make arrangements for pets
  • Have cash on hand
  • Proof of Identification and important paperwork available
  • Stock up on extra water and non-perishable food items
  • Fill your automobile with gas or make sure you have transportation if needed
  • Check flashlights, radios and batteries to make sure they are in working order
  • Stay tuned to radio or TV for storm updates
  • Keep your cell phone charged, if you have one
  • Have extra supplies for everyone but especially for young babies & children, special needs individuals and seniors who need the extra help and care
  • Make arrangements for extra water, food and safety of your pets if needed
  • Make sure all members of your family are aware of the storm and your plans for evacuation if needed
  • Refill prescription medications and attend to all medical supply needs
  • Keep your Hurricane Re-Entry Tag available
  • Vacationers keep receipts from your place of commercial lodging available
  • Be prepared if an Evacuation Order is issued

During a Hurricane Warning

A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 miles per hour or greater or dangerously high water and rough seas) are expected in 36 hours or less.

  • Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home
  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light
  • If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power "surge" when electricity is restored
  • Clear your yard of loose objects such as lawn furniture, garbage cans or anything else that might become launched in high winds
  • Secure your boat if you have one (Most draw bridges will be closed to boat traffic when the Evacuation Order is given)
  • Protect windows, glass doors, garage doors and all entry & exit points to your dwelling
  • Gather items that you will need to take to a shelter or place of safety
  • Be prepared to leave when the Evacuation Order is issued

If you go to an evacuation shelter, you should plan to take pillows, blankets, personal hygiene items, books, toys for the kids, and important papers such as insurance policies, driver's license, and medical information. Please keep in mind that shelters should be considered a last resort.

Animal Shelters

Animals are not permitted at most shelters. Pet owners have new options when it comes to pet friendly emergency shelters. The Pinellas County School Board and Pinellas County government provide these three pet-friendly shelter locations. The facilities are substantially-built, have large indoor gyms, and separate air handlers to ensure the comfort and safety of allergic citizens who shelter there.

  • Palm Harbor University High School 1900 Omaha St.,
  • Palm Harbor Largo High School 410 Missouri Ave. N., Largo
  • Gibbs High School 850 34th St. S., St. Petersburg

Important Numbers

  • Citizen Information Center - 727.464.4333
  • Open only during declared emergencies
  • Pinellas County Emergency Management - 727.464.3800
  • Progress Energy Power Outages - 800.228.8485
  • Red Cross - 727.898.3111

Small Business Disaster

  • Assistance Center - 800.659.2955
  • Florida Disaster Help Center - 800.FLHELP.1
  • Community Notification Service - 888.689.8905
  • Price Gouging Hotline - 800.646.0444

Hurricane Information Links

County & National Hurricane Information Links