Pinellas County Office of Emergency Management

The potential effects if a Cat. 5 Hurricane made direct landfall in the Tampa Bay Area.

County government works with municipal, state and federal partners to ensure residents and visitors are warned of life-threatening hazards; preparing for these dangers is everyone’s responsibility. In daily life, we all rely on basic services such as electricity, running water and safe roadways to access food, medical care and other necessities. Imagine living for days or even weeks without these essentials as emergency crews work to clean up after a hurricane or other disaster.

Residents with Special Needs should Register:

Residents with certain medical conditions can get help during an evacuation. Special needs shelters will open for those requiring minimal medical assistance.

If you need transportation to a shelter, pre-registration is required. If you have your own transportation to a special needs shelter, pre-registration is not required, but is strongly recommended. For those requesting transportation assistance, your local fire department will contact you before an evacuation. You may bring your caregiver and/or family with you to a special needs shelter. Please are not obligated to go to a special needs shelter once registered if you have made other safe and secure arrangements.