The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood has experienced a number of sever storms over the years. Although we have been very fortunate not have sustain significant damage or injury, natural disasters, like hurricanes, tropical storms, and tornadoes can surprise us at any time, especially from the months of July through November.
The City of St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue (SPF&R), which is our local emergency management agency, is trained and ready to help us coordinate with County, State, and Federal emergency management authorities.
The most important thing you can do right now is to plan and prepare for a disaster so that you can evacuate your family and pets safely. Pinellas County, the Florida Division of Emergency Preparedness and the Center For Disease Control and Prevention provide excellent guidance in preparing your plan:
Weather related disasters can be predicted. So stay vigilant when first learning of severe storms. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) manages the National Hurricane Center, which publishes up to date information about approaching storms – http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/. This resource, along with television and radio reporting, will give you ample time to revise your disaster plan and take action.
Should you decide to use your vehicle during an evacuation, Florida has established its statewide 511 system through http://www.fl511.com/ to inform motorist of traffic conditions. This website should be used to help your route out of the disaster area to safety.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has established partnerships with national organizations like the American Red Cross and created local Community Emergency Response Teams to by providing needed assistance to those who are recovering from disasters. Your radio broadcast will let you know where these organizations and teams are operating in the event assistance is need.
Be Smart! Be Prepared! Be ready to evacuate and recover from a disaster. It will save your life, your family and loved ones.