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St. Pete Prepares

UPDATE 10/10/18: Hurricane Michael is now a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds at 145mph. Pinellas County remains under a Tropical Storm Watch and a Storm Surge Watch. The center of Hurricane Michael is located about 250 miles west-northwest of the mouth of Tampa Bay moving north at 13mph. Michael is expected to make landfall in the panhandle today.

There are no evacuation orders at this time. Community shelters have been put on standby. The need for additional measures will be assessed if conditions warrant.

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Be Prepared For The Storm

Alert St. Pete

Stay ahead of the storm with Alert St. Pete. Sign up for notifications during emergency situations affecting St. Petersburg, including mandatory evacuations, hurricane information, flooding events, local emergencies and optional National Weather Service bulletins. Alert St. Pete is similar to Alert Pinellas, used by Pinellas County to communicate emergency information, but covers the city of St. Petersburg. Learn more about Alert St. Pete or sign up today.

The city of St. Petersburg urges citizens to take necessary precautions to protect your home and property before, during and after the storm to safeguard against the damaging effects of flooding with these Residential Storm Preparation Tips. A series of Hurricane Construction Preparation Tips have also been developed to safeguard against potential storm damage.

SANDBAG INFO: Sandbags are available M-F, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm - 1744 9th Ave North. As of now, the bags are pre-filled. Citizens may have to load the bags into their own cars, as there may not be enough City staff to assist.

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Before the Storm 

Much of St. Petersburg lies in evacuation zones. Online at Know Your Zone or call 727-453-3150.

Have a plan. If you need to evacuate, seek shelter:

  • With family or friends in a non-evacuation zone.
  • In another city or state outside the storm’s boundaries. Plan your route in advance.
  • In one of Pinellas County’s public shelters (regular, special-needs, and pet-friendly). Pet owners are required to stay with their pets in designated pet-friendly shelters.
  • Make preparations for your family's needs for three days. At least the first 72 hours is up to you.
Before evacuating, make sure your home is prepared to weather the storm. Don't wait until a storm approaches; it may be too late. 

Evacuation Assistance Program/Special Needs

If you or someone you know requires assistance in an evacuation, now is the time to pre-register. 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., St. Petersburg) or the appropriate facility, such as a hospital or nursing home. Don't wait. Register for evacuation assistance today at 727-551-3822. More Special Needs Information


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 sandbags will be available, generator safety tips and local radio stations that will broadcast city information.

The city of St. Petersburg will also provide storm-related information through its social media channels. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stpetefl or on Twitter @StPeteFL or St. Pete Public Works @StPetePW. 


Storm Recovery

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 and continue to follow the city of St. Petersburg on social media.

With three to seven days of uncertainty depending on the storm, you'll need to rely on supplies in your storm emergency kit (food, water, medications and entertainment). If Pinellas County is hit by a hurricane, it could be several weeks or even months before life gets back to normal.

Frequently following severe 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.

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