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?.
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Busting Hurricane Myths
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.
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.
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.
It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
www.pinellascounty.org (727) 464-3800