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Hurricane Preparedness

HURRICANE TIPS: Important Information from Pinellas County

See some tips below from Alert Pinellas:

  • Flood Zones and Hurricane Evacuation Zones are Different! Everyone lives in a flood zone, which may be high, moderate or low flood risk. Evacuation zones are based on a property’s vulnerability to storm surge from a hurricane. Know, both, your flood zone and evacuation zone.
  • Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies do not cover losses due to flooding. Find out what your homeowners and flood insurance policies cover and do not cover what your deductibles are. or
  • Flood insurance technical assistance from flood insurance “advocates” is also available. These professionals in the insurance field can provide you with reliable information about your flood risk and insurance options. or
  • See how much a flood could cost you. Just 1-inch of water can cause $25,000 of damage to your home. or
  • Stormwater & Vegetation Management staff are performing proactive “hot spot” evaluations and cleanings (flood prevention efforts) in preparation of [EVENT]. You can help! Keep storm drains near your home clear of leaves, grass clippings and other debris. When storm drains get clogged with debris they can back up with water and flood yards and homes. Remember, only rain down the drain. or
  • Protect your property from flooding by inspecting and maintaining your home and surroundings.
    • Inspect and clear your gutters frequently.
    • Repair or replace your roof if shingles are deteriorating or missing.
    • Repair patios, decks and driveways that may have shifted over the years, allowing water to pool close to the home.
    • Keep storm drains near your home clear of leaves, grass clippings and other debris. #OnlyRainDownTheDrain or


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!


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