August 24, 2012

Hurricane Preparedness

Libby Carnahan,
Pinellas County Sea Grant Extension Agent  

As Tropical Storm Isaac bears down on Haiti, there are still many unanswered questions. Where will it go next? What regions of Florida will be affected? How much damage will the storm surge and winds cause?

However, one thing is certain. It never hurts to be prepared! The University of Florida IFAS program offers a comprehensive online guide to help residents prepare for an impending disaster. The guide can be downloaded at

Highlights of the Disasters: Preparation and Recovery Guide include

  • Evacuation Checklist 
  • List of “On the Go Papers and Documents” 
  • Special considerations for Elderly 
  • Special considerations for infants and toddlers 
  • How to protect yourself and family post-disaster

Remember, mostly importantly, the safety of you and your family is much more important than that of property. Visit the National Hurricane Center’s website for the most up to date conditions, watches, and warnings associated with Tropical Storm Isaac and all other storms, . For additional resources to stay connected in Pinellas County, download our factsheet at

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