Becoming Storm Savvy. Busting Hurricane Myths. Basic Hurricane Information. Pinellas County ’ s Hurricane Guide www.pinellascounty.org/emergency Emergency Management: (727) 464-3800 Front of your telephone white pages www.fema.gov www.floridadisaster.org www.flash.org. What is a myth?.
Busting Hurricane Myths
It costs too much
Mobile home safety
Evacuation order timing
Government will provide everything
It can’t happen hereThe dirty dozen.
Example: 120 mph wind is nine times stronger than a 40 mph wind (3 x 3).
High winds can do serious damage, throwing large missiles.
Last hurricane to hit Pinellas County was in 1921.Fact: Hurricane winds are more powerful than you expect.
“Run from water, hide from wind.”
Seek shelter in a well-built structure out of the evacuation zones.
Some areas are less than one mile from the beach to a non-evacuation zone.Fact: There are many safe places to shelter from a storm.
Pets are only allowed at certain shelters.
Stay with a friend or relative instead.Fact: Public shelters are safer, but they are a last resort.
First priorities are search and rescue, opening hospitals and restarting basic infrastructure.
Field aid stations will open, but it will take time to get supplies here on damaged roadways and bridges.Fact: Get supplies to last AT LEAST 72 HOURS.
Surviving the Storm: and restarting basic infrastructure.
It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
www.pinellascounty.org (727) 464-3800