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?.
Becoming Storm Savvy
Busting Hurricane Myths
It costs too much
Mobile home safety
Evacuation order timing
Government will provide everything
It can’t happen here
F = m x v2
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.
“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.
Shelters do not provide bedding, can be crowded and dark.
Pets are only allowed at certain shelters.
Stay with a friend or relative instead.
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.
Surviving the Storm:
It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
www.pinellascounty.org (727) 464-3800