Hurricane Awareness & Preparation
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Treasure Island (and all the low-lying beach communities) are in a highly vulnerable flood and wind zone area. All of Treasure Island is in EVACUATION ZONE A.
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In the event of a hurricane threat and formal order for evacuation, Treasure Island must be completely evacuated due to the city’s low elevation and a very strong possibility of a storm surge and flooding.
Flooding and storm surge will not just prevent you from leaving - it will also prevent emergency responders from assisting you, if you were to ignore the order and remain on the island.
Moreover, Treasure Island City employees, emergency personnel and volunteers, along with all their equipment, are also evacuated off the island in order to make the first return to restore city operations and services, once the evacuation is over.
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| 1 Before
Before Hurricane Season starts you should:
Have disaster supplies on hand. Download this hurricane preparedness 3-day checklist or 5-day checklist.
Select a safe haven now. You might choose a hotel or motel or the home of a friend or relative in a safe location. As a last resort, go to a shelter. Click here for a list of Pinellas County shelters.
Make arrangements for pets. Pets are not allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons but you can apply for space in a pet-friendly shelter by using this shelter form.
Develop an emergency communication plan. In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster, have a plan for getting back together. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact."
Hurricane Preparedness Handbooks containing more detailed information will be available free of charge at the Treasure Island Fire and Police stations and at City Hall. These guides have been updated, so pick up your free copy, read it and keep it for future reference. Hurricane Handbooks will be arriving any day - check back here and we'll let you know when the latest edition arrives from the county. (Click on the link above for last year's edition.) Remember, make your plans NOW to avoid problems later.
| 2 Watch
When a Hurricane Watch is issued you should:
Listen to a radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
- Check emergency supplies.
- Fuel the car.
- Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
- Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows.
- Remove outside antennas.
- Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
- Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs and bottles.
- Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure boat to trailer. Use tiedowns to anchor trailer to the ground or house.
| 3 Warning
When a Hurricane Warning is issued you should:
Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
- Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.
- Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
- If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power "surge" when electricity is restored.
- Elevate furniture to protect it from flooding or better yet, move it to a higher floor.
- In high rise building, avoid elevators.
| 4 Evacuation
If evacuation is necessary you should:
- Be ready to drive 20 to 50 miles inland to locate a safe place. Leave as soon as possible.
- Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve.
- Tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going.
- Bring pre-assembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing. Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter. Lock up home and leave.
The evacuation route off Treasure Island is the Treasure Island Causeway.
Evacuation notification will be telecast in Treasure Island on TITV615 and on Pinellas 622 . For official information before, during and after a storm, listen to Pinellas County AM radio station WEOC-940 AM.
Special Medical Needs Evacuees
People with medical problems or handicaps that require special assistance during an evacuation can register for special needs assistance. Contact the Treasure Island Fire Department at 547-4590 and register as a Special Needs Evacuee.
| 5 After the hurricane
After Landfall and Re-Entry Procedures
No two evacuation or re-entry processes will be alike, and it is difficult to predict a timeframe when re-entry will occur. Treasure Island city officials are aware that everyone will be anxious to return to their homes as soon as possible, but two things must occur before residents and property owners are allowed re-entry:
Damage Assessment Teams must complete evaluation reports so Treasure Island will be eligible for federal disaster assistance (this could take several hours or days depending on severity of the storm.)
A relative amount of safety must be established (roads and debris need to be cleared for safe passage.)
Re-entry may be restricted for a while even after damage is initially assessed and roads made passable. The public's understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Treasure Island Police and/or Pinellas County Sheriff’s Officers will be located at each bridge to Treasure Island, to check for identification indicating property ownership or residency. A Treasure Island beach parking pass will be honored as proof of residency. If you do not have a parking pass, reasonable identification will be accepted as a re-entry pass, such as a driver's license, recent water, tax, or electric bill indicating local ownership or residency.
The nature and severity of the storm and the level of damage in Treasure Island determine re-entry procedures. Re-entry and access may be allowed to temporarily secure and stabilize property, with no permanent repairs allowed at that time.
All emergency proclamations must be obeyed which typically include items such as
- Access limited to your own property, curfews, restricted travel, restrictions on type or number of vehicles allowed, and acceptance of risk upon entering Treasure Island during early re-entry.
- Priority is given to restoring services and insuring that roads are passable.
- Re-entry access may be terminated at any time to insure restoration of services.
- All emergency proclamations will be strictly enforced.
When you arrive home
- LOOK for visible structural damage before you go inside. Watch for loose or dangling electrical power lines and broken sewer, water, or gas lines. Notify officials IMMEDIATELY if any are seen.
- Ensure all electrical outlets and appliances are dry and free of water before using.
- DO NOT drink water from the faucet until officially notified it is safe from contamination. Use your emergency supply or boil tap water before drinking or using for cooking purposes.
- Loss of electricity can cause refrigerated food to spoil in a few hours. DO NOT eat it! Food in a freezer can partially thaw and be safe to eat for several days. DO NOT refreeze food.
Residents and property owners are reminded to remain in your homes or businesses and not attempt to travel to other areas of Treasure Island. Local public safety officials and residents/property owners of the affected areas may have substantial damage and will appreciate your staying away, making their job easier and safer.
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Hurricane: Formed when sustained winds reach 74 mph.
Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected within the next 36 hours.
Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are a possible threat within the next 48 hours.
Tropical Storm: Formed when sustained winds reach 39 mph.
Tropical Depression: Formed when a tropical wave develops cyclonic (counter-clockwise) circulation with sustained (one minute) winds up to 38 mph.
Tropical Disturbance/Tropical Wave: A grouping or cluster of clouds moving through the tropics.
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NOAA Weather Radio:
Pinellas County Emergency Radio:
Category 1: Winds 74-95 mph. No real damage to buildings. Damage to unanchored mobile homes. Some damage to poorly constructed signs. Also, some coastal flooding and minor pier damage.
- Examples: Irene 1999 and Allison 1995
Category 2: Winds 96-110 mph. Some damage to building roofs, doors and windows. Considerable damage to mobile homes. Flooding damages piers and small craft in unprotected moorings may break their moorings. Some trees blown down.
- Examples: Bonnie 1998, Georges (FL & LA) 1998 and Gloria 1985
Category 3: Winds 111-129 mph. Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings. Large trees blown down. Mobile homes and poorly built signs destroyed. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by floating debris. Terrain may be flooded well inland.
- Examples: Keith 2000, Fran 1996, Opal 1995, Alicia 1983 and Betsy 1965
Category 4: Winds 130-155 mph. More extensive curtainwall failures with some complete roof structure failure on small residences. Major erosion of beach areas. Terrain may be flooded well inland.
- Examples: Charley 2004, Hugo 1989 and Donna 1960
Category 5 : Winds greater than 156 mph. Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. Flooding causes major damage to lower floors of all structures near the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas may be required.
- Examples: Andrew 1992, Camille 1969 and Labor Day 1935
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Treasure Island is one of just six Florida cities that has earned designation as a Storm Ready Community from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through better planning, education, and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.