Erika downgraded to tropical system, officials still anticipate significant rain. St. Petersburg is making sandbags available to residents beginning Sunday, August 30, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., until supplies are exhausted.Read More
Be Prepared For The Storm
Make sure your home is prepared and you have a plan for you and your loved ones in case of a storm. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/emergency for a detailed guide tailored specifically for local residents. Know your evacuation zone in case you need to evacuate, or call (727) 453-3150 to find your zone by phone. If you need evacuation assistance be sure to register early, don't wait until a storm approaches, it may be too late to help you at that point.
Evacuation Assistance Program / Special Needs
If you or someone you know requires assistance in an evacuation, now is the time to pre-register with the city's Fire and Rescue Department. Through the evacuation assistance program, citizens who cannot transport themselves to a shelter will be taken to a general evacuation shelter, a special needs shelter (John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th St. S.) or the appropriate facility, such as a hospital or nursing home.
Register now by calling (727) 551-3822.
During The Storm
Follow Pinellas County's guide about what you should be doing during a storm. Prepare your home for the storm and be prepared if you must evacuate. You should monitor the appropriate news channels in your local area for instructions as well as StPeteTV (Cable 615/15/20). Find out how to get alerts from your cell phone when the power is out. Learn where sand bags will be available, generator safety tips and local radio stations that will broadcast city information.
After The Storm, It's Time To Assess The Damage - Keep your battery-operated radio close for news reports about damage, road closures, power outages and other emergency instructions. With three to seven days of uncertainty depending on the storm, you'll need to rely upon what you've stored for food, water, medications and entertainment. If the county is hit with a hurricane, it could be weeks or months before life gets back to normal.
Frequently following sever storm activity and power disruptions, there may be non-working traffic signals in the city. If you encounter an inoperable signal, please remember to approach the intersection as a four way stop. At a four-way stop, the first vehicle to reach the intersection should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.