Storm Types

Tropical Depression: sustained winds of 38 mph or less.
Tropical Storm: sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph.
Hurricane: sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.
Major Hurricane: sustained winds of 11 mph or higher, a major hurricane corresponds to a Category 3, 4, or 5 storm.

Property Preparation

Take all necessary steps to secure your property.  Remove all outdoor items that are not secured to the ground including furnishings hoses, trash cans and pool supplies.  Flying objects can cause serious damage and injury.  Store items in your garage or inside.  If you plan to cover your windows with hurricane shutters or plywood, start early.  If the storm is to produce flooding, Pasco County may open sandbag locations.

Supplies

Stock up on emergency supplies for at least 72 hours.  Plan for longer if you can to make certain you and your family have all the necessities.  Items to consider include:

  • Food
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Protective clothing
  • Medications
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Important documents
  • Paper money
  • Full tank of gasoline
  • Weather Radio

Remember, you could lose power.  Make cetain your food supply consists on items that do not require refrigeration.  

Prior to the Storm

Stay alert to the latest forecast, evacuations recommendations, and shelter locations.

Situations change in developing storms, so continue to heed warnings and changes by the local authorities especially when deciding to evacuate.  

During the Storm

Remain inside the most secure building and stay away from windows.  Wait for authorities to announce the storm has passed, lulls in the system may be related to breaks in the rainbands and/or the storm's eye

Post Storm

Venturing outside following a storm can be extremely dangerous.  Avoid stepping in standing water.  Look for down power lines and stay far away. 

 

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