All of Treasure Island is in EVACUATION ZONE A.
Pinellas County Emergency Management and beach community partners will present the first Barrier Islands Virtual Preparedness Summit on Thursday, June 4, from 6 – 7 p.m. It will focus on evacuation options, public shelter planning, the season forecast and disaster preparedness.
The panel consists of:
- Indian Shores Mayor Patrick C. Soranno, President of the Barrier Islands Governmental Council (BIG-C)
- Cathie Perkins, Director of Pinellas County Emergency Management
- Chief Mike Burton, Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District
- Captain Nick Lazaris, Central District Station, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
- Mecca Serfustini, Health and Human Services Program Lead with Pinellas County Emergency Management
- Joe Primosch, Commander U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-3
- Bobby Deskins, Chief Meteorologist at 10 News WTSP Tampa/ St. Petersburg
- Moderated by Mary Burrell, Whole Community Engagement Lead with Pinellas County Emergency Management
During the online event, participants will be able to engage with the panelists through Q&A, chat and polling features. The webinar will be recorded and made available online.
Registration is required. Follow this link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/ya3upycf. A registration confirmation will be sent to you. Join the Zoom event online or listen on the phone.
For more information, contact Pinellas County Emergency Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 464-3800.
- Make sure you have enough emergency supplies to last several days.
- If flooding occurs in your home, be aware of how to disconnect power sources safely. For more information regarding flooding, visit www.pinellascounty.org/flooding.
- Treasure Island does not provide sandbags. Pinellas County does provide sandbags. HERE is a list of sandbag locations.
- If rising floodwaters present a threat to your safey or has displaced you from your home and you have no safe place to stay, check the Pinellas County Emergency Management website for shelter information.
- During a disaster, the Citizen Information Center is open for questions or reports of storm-related issues. Call (727) 464-4333.
- Residents can also report issues with the Pinellas County Doing Things For You app or by visiting www.pinellascounty.org/reportanissue.
- Pinellas Hurricane Preparedness Guide
- Hurricane Preparedness: Watches and Warnings
- 10 Tips for Keeping Children Safe in a Hurricane
- Hurricanes for Kids — Safety Resources, Facts & Projects
- Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Mobility Disabilities
- Disaster Preparedness for Pet Parents — Everything You Need to Know
Before Hurricane Season starts you should:
- Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. Ready.gov has a web site jam-packed with useful information, especially if you or your relatives have special needs.
- Have disaster supplies on hand.
- 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.
- Make arrangements for pets. Pets are not allowed into emergency shelters.
- 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."
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.
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.
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 TITV644 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.
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.)
- To report power outages, click HERE.