General Guidance 

         
           

Hurricane Season






Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th, but storms are more likely between mid-August and mid-October as the NOAA graphic indicates.  

         

Hurricane Preparation and Safety

         
    

There are several sources of information about hurricane preparation and safety. Although not specific to Southbay,
it is excellent information that all Southbay residents should know.

TampaBayPrepares.org has a link to download the “Tampa Bay Hurricane and Disaster Planning Guide”. 
It provides comprehensive information about the local area and contains a list of 10 ways that you can “Prepare Now” for a hurricane:

  1. Make Your Family Disaster Plan
  2. Pull Together Disaster Supplies
  3. Brace for Hurricanes
  4. Discuss Your Evacuation Plan
  5. Help Your Neighbor
  6. Keep Your Pets Safe
  7. Take Steps to Protect Your Home
  8. Review Your Insurance
  9. Know Your Disaster Safety Tips
  10. Know What to Expect After a Disaster
     

    
 

The Red Cross provides an excellent “Hurricane Safety Checklist” with guidance on what to do, supplies you should get, and what to do after a hurricane. 

All Southbay residents should download and review these two excellent resources.

                                               

 

Disaster Supplies

 


The time to assemble your disaster supplies is now since items on the list below disappear quickly once a storm threatens. Items to include will vary depending on your situation and whether you intend to shelter in place or evacuate. The Tampa Bay and Red Cross references above provide detailed lists that you should consult, but key elements include:

  • Fill your car and spare gas cans
  • Water (1 gal/person/day.)
  • Food (non-perishable; if canned, have a manual can opener)
  • Flashlights or camp lights w/ spare batteries
  • Medicine (2 week supply of prescriptions)
  • Hygiene Items (soap, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Sanitation supplies (toilet paper, baby wipes)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Cash (without power, ATMs won’t work and stores can’t process credit cards)
  • (If you have a pet, include food, water, and sanitation items for them)

If you evacuate you should also take

  • Bedding (pillows, blankets, etc)
  • Extra clothing (underwear, socks, shoes)
  • Important papers (e.g., Driver’s license, insurance policies, medical information)
  • (If you have a pet, carry proof of vaccinations, collar w/ rabies tag, and leash)
 


   


            National Hurricane Center           

 

The National Hurricane Center provides information about current storms but also has educational resources with useful information on Hurricane category, wind speeds, associated damage potential and storm surge.  There is also an interactive guide to Hurricane Preparedness that follows the daily themes from their 2018 Hurricane Safety Week May 6-12, 2018.   Information about hurricane categories, wind speeds and types of damage is shown in the table below.


Category

    

Sustained Winds

      

Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds

1

 

74-95 mph

 

Very dangerous winds will produce some damage:  Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.

2

 

96-110 mph

 

Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage:  Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.

3
(major)

 

111-129 mph

 

Devastating damage will occur:  Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.

4
(major)

 

130-156 mph

 

Catastrophic damage will occur:  Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

5
(major)

 

157 mph or higher

 

Catastrophic damage will occur:  A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.