Madeira Beach is located on a barrier Island from the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Boca Ciega Bay Intercostal to the east. Hurricane, tropical storms and other threatening weather can present flood hazards to residents due to high tides, storm surges caused by winds, and heavy rainfall. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.
Tropical storms and hurricanes hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings. Good preparation is essential.
Emergency Access Permits
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the barrier islands have joined forces to provide free Emergency Access Permits to all businesses and residents of the barrier islands. Once a mandatory evacuation order has been lifted, Emergency Access Permits will be required to re-enter the evacuated area. There are nine entry points to the barrier islands. Access will be limited based on the closest entry point to your residence. More information on this program can be found at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office website at www.pscoweb.com/emergency-access-permit.
Emergency Access Permits can be obtained through the Madeira Beach Fire Department located at 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach, FL 33708. You can reach the Fire Department for more information on this program by phone (727) 391-3400.
Tropical storms or hurricanes can threaten your safety. Good preparation is essential. The How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide will help you.
Helpful Links for Disaster Preparedness & Storm
First Call Alerts for Pinellas County Residents
Pinellas County’s FirstCall service is free to county residents and gives emergency managers multiple ways to get the word out whenever an emergency situation arises. Residents simply register their contact information with FirstCall, and an automated message will be sent to alert subscribers of potentially hazardous situations.
Residents can sign up for the service by visiting this site or calling (866) 484-3264.
For more information about how to prepare yourself and your family for hurricanes, visit Pinellas County Emergency site to find your evacuation level, learn about storm dangers and discover how to create your own disaster plan.