How to Prepare for a Hurricane

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2019 Atlantic hurricane season is June 1-Nov. 30. Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over water and often move toward land. They can cause widespread devastation during and after it occurs.  High winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge and flooding can injure or kill people, damage buildings and homes or just disrupt your daily life.

Preparing for a hurricane can make a huge difference in safety and recovery from a storm. 

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings via the city of Clearwater notifications or Alert Pinellas. Follow us on social media at Facebook and Twitter. 
  • Prepare to evacuate by testing your emergency communication plan.
  • Learn your evacuation routes
  • If you live or work on a barrier island, obtain a barrier island Re-entry Permit. Once a mandatory evacuation order has been lifted, Emergency Access Permits will be required to re-enter an evacuated area. You can now apply for an entry pass online by clicking here. 
  • Pack a “go bag.” filled with supplies
  • Stock emergency supplies
  • Protect your property by installing sewer back flow valves, anchoring fuel tanks, reviewing insurance policies, and cataloging belongings
  • Collect and safeguard critical financial, medical, educational and legal documents and records

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