Hillsborough County Offers Residents Disaster Preparedness Guide and Enhanced Stay Safe Web Portal

Hillsborough County, Fla. (June 24, 2020) - Hillsborough County has published its 2020 Disaster Preparedness Guide and enhanced the web portal to provide residents all they need to be prepared during this hurricane season and for any other emergency that may affect the community.

June marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30. Experts predict this hurricane season will be 40 percent more active and are advising the public to prepare now because the challenges could be even greater with the COVID-19 coronavirus remaining a threat.

The Disaster Preparedness Guide will help Hillsborough County residents prepare a game plan. It offers steps to get storm-ready today, lists essential items to pack, and provides tips for sheltering in place or evacuating the area. It details how to prepare a home for a hurricane, explains the difference between a flood zone and an evacuation zone, and includes a list of important phone numbers and websites.

Residents also can visit to view and print the guide online and access information regarding COVID-19 updates, as well as storm safety preparation, hurricane tips, pet disaster planning, and special needs assistance. offers in-depth information on how to be one step ahead before, during, and after the storm. It offers instructions on how to prepare a disaster supply kit at home and recommends additional items to include in the supply kit because of COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, wipes, and disinfectants.

In addition, the Disaster Preparedness Guide identifies all emergency shelters and pet-friendly shelters, and provides information on special needs shelters. While the County has identified 46 potential emergency shelters, it reminds residents that shelters are to be used as a last resort if there are no other options to evacuate. Residents are encouraged to seek shelter with family, friends, or at nearby hotels and motels outside of evacuation zones.

The guide also makes recommendations on how to prepare for other emergencies, including tornadoes, wildfires, active shooters, flooding, and pandemic disease. It is free and can be picked up at most County offices, including libraries. It will also be made available at Publix Supermarkets and post offices. It is available in English and Spanish.

Get Connected. Stay Alert.
For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the county, visit and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. For general County information, call (813) 272-5900, the County's main information line.


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