Posted January 22, 2018 | 11:33 AM

Severe Weather Awareness Week 2018

Don't Be Caught off Guard During Weather Emergencies - Stay Safe and Sign Up for HCFL Alert

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2018) - Last year saw one of the most active hurricane seasons in recent history, and Hillsborough County was no exception as Hurricane Irma brought tropical storm force winds and heavy rains to the area. That's why Hillsborough County is joining state emergency officials in promoting Severe Weather Awareness Week, and encouraging residents to be prepared year-round by signing up for HCFL Alert, the county's official mass notification system.

January 22 - 26 is Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week, a time to focus on the state's potential natural hazards - hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, wildfires, rip currents - and help people learn how to prepare and cope with them safely. Planning ahead is a big part of the emphasis, and Hillsborough County emergency managers urge residents to prepare for the worst by having a plan before disaster strikes. Families, businesses, and people with special needs can use this step-by-step online guide - and one specially designed for children - to prepare for conditions that can deteriorate rapidly, threatening lives and property.

Each day of Severe Weather Awareness Week is devoted to a natural hazard:

  • Monday, Jan. 22: Lightning
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23: Marine hazards and rip currents
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24: Tornadoes and thunderstorms
  • Thursday, Jan. 25: Hurricanes and flooding
  • Friday, Jan. 26: Temperature extremes and wildfires

Residents and visitors can also stay prepared year-round by signing up for HCFL Alert to receive time-sensitive, important messages about emergencies and certain non-emergency events in Hillsborough County. Last year, Hillsborough County emergency managers used HCFL Alert to keep residents informed before, during, and after Hurricane Irma by providing real-time messages regarding sandbag distribution, evacuation orders, and flooding dangers.

For more information about Hillsborough County's Office of Emergency Management, and to sign up for HCFL Alert, visit


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