Pinellas County residents now get First Call
With a new hurricane season comes a new, more capable emergency alert system. 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.
Each member of the subscriber’s household who would like to receive emergency notifications can register. The FirstCall network allows emergency managers to send out alerts to the county as a whole or to smaller, more specific geographic areas
When activated, the automated system will call all registered land lines and cellphones, and send email and text messages, giving users the maximum opportunity to receive the message.
Residents can sign up for the service by visiting this site or calling (866) 484-3264. All contact information will remain protected and confidential.
Due to the change to FirstCall from the county’s previous automated calling system, residents will need to register to receive these new alerts. The data which was collected through the old Citizen Notification Service system will be kept and used until Dec. 31.
For more information about how to prepare yourself and your family for hurricanes, visitPinellas County Emergency site to find your evacuation level, learn about storm dangers and discover how to create your own disaster plan.
For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visitwww.pinellascounty.org or create a shortcut to www.pinellascounty.org/mobile on any smart phone. Pinellas County government is on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
June – October
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.
National Hurricane Center http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/
Pinellas County Emergency Management http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/default.htm
Storm Preparedness, Before, During and After http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
Emergency Access Permits
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the barrier islands have joined forces to provice 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 or by email at .
Special Needs Registry
What is this program?
Pinellas County Special Needs Program is a space-limited program for which residents with specific health and medical conditions can register. The program provides shelters and transportation with resources available in Pinellas County. If you or a loved one meets the criteria, register today!
Click here to register http://www.pinellascounty.org/forms/evac-assist.htm
Plan ahead for your animals. Visit Pinellas County Pet Preparedness site to find out more…
Weathering the Storm
Tropical storms or hurricanes can threaten your safety. Good preparation is essential. The How to Prepare for a Hurricane site will help you.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) http://www.noaa.gov/
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) http://www.fema.gov/
Pinellas County Emergency Management http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/
Disaster Preparedness Links
Florida Division of Emergency Management http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp
FEMA Disaster Information http://www.fema.gov/plan-prepare-mitigate
Caring for Animals http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals
U.S. Fire Administration http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
USFA Firefighter Fatalities http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/firefighter_health_safety/index.shtm
Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition http://www.homefiresprinkler.org/home-fire-sprinklers
Information on Evacuation Re-entry Passes
In an effort to prevent looting and burglary after a large-scale mandatory evacuation, the City has joined Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to provide free Emergency Access Permits to all businesses and residents of the barrier island. Proof of residency or ownership is required; two hang-tags will be issued per residence. Business owners will be asked to show a copy of your annual business tax receipt. Each business can get up to 20 tags. You will be asked to hang the permit from your vehicle’s rearview mirror upon evacuation. When the order is lifted, law enforcement posted at city entrances will scan the barcode on your permit to verify your residence. With your help, we will be able to keep trespassers from easy access to your property.