In the event of a hurricane, What evacuation zone am I in?

With Hurricane Hermine barely a distant memory, it is important to review things you may not be familiar with.  If you are new to Florida or just have never had to experience tropical weather, it is very important to take a few moments to figure out some basic information that will keep you and your family safe during a storm.

Hillsborough County has posted maps and a searchable database for the Tampa Bay area that is very useful  You can plug your address in to see where your property is classified should a storm threaten your neighborhood.  CLICK HERE for that information.

We all want to make sure our pets are safe during a storm.  In addition to many being afraid of thunder and lightning, there are practical things one must keep in mind that you must think of ahead of time.

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe

Keep a collar with tags and identification attached on your pet at all times during severe weather.

Prepare a pet disaster kit for each pet to include:
Pet-size carrier
Collar & leash with identification attached
7-day supply of food and water
Waste disposal items (bags, litter, etc.)
Food and water bowls
Pet medications
Vaccination records
Blanket and toys

Carry copies of your pets’ identification, a recent photo and veterinarian contact information.

If your pet is lost during a storm, visit for more information.

Sheltering Options
Contact friends and family members to assist in sheltering your pet in the event of a disaster. Make plans ahead of time.
Make a list of boarding facilities, veterinarians and other pet friendly lodging that is on your evacuation route.
FEMA information for pet owners
Consider the following pet friendly emergency shelters as a last resort:
Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd. Tampa, Fl 33647
Burnett Middle School, 1010 North Kingsway Rd. Seffner, Fl 33584
Sergeant Paul R. Smith Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Dr. Tampa, Fl 33625
Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Way Ruskin, Fl 33573

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