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:
Collar & leash with identification attached
7-day supply of food and water
Waste disposal items (bags, litter, etc.)
Food and water bowls
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 HCFLGov.net/LostPets for more information.
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