As the Tropics Heat up, do a Hurricane Preparedness Check

Pinellas County officials are encouraging residents to finalize hurricane preparations as we enter September, historically the most active month of the hurricane season.

Residents and businesses are urged to make sure they are following the three critical steps: Know your Risk, Make a Plan and Stay Informed. Registering for Alert Pinellas and downloading the Ready Pinellas app for iPhoneand Android will help with the process.

Sunday, Sept. 1 marks the first day of National Preparedness Month, sponsored by FEMA to promote family and community disaster planning.

“It is important for everyone to be prepared in case our area is impacted by a hurricane this season,” said Cathie Perkins, Pinellas County Emergency Management Director. “This is the perfect time to look up your evacuation zone, get whatever supplies are needed to complete emergency Go Kits and Stay Kits and sign up for Alert Pinellas.”

The county’s free mobile application, Ready Pinellas, will help you create a personalized supply list to help you keep track of the supplies you need to finish a kit. You should gather enough supplies to last seven days.

Some essential items include:

  • Water – at least 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Non-perishable food
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Medications and copies of prescriptions (you can get a 30-day refill once an Emergency Declaration is declared for Pinellas County.)
  • Flashlight or lantern
  • Battery-operated or hand-cranked radio
  • Cell phone with charger, extra battery and solar charger
  • Contacts in mobile device and in print for backup
  • Extra batteries
  • Cash
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Tarps
  • First aid supplies
  • Portable toilet
  • Books, cards, board games
  • Full tank of gas in vehicle
  • Gas tank; extra gas if you have a generator
  • Emergency Access Permit (for beach residents and businesses. Obtain one at city halls or online at

 For more information on disaster preparedness, visit the Pinellas County Emergency Management website at, or email to The county sends urgent safety notification through Alert Pinellas. Residents can sign up at