Hurricane & Storm Season in Hillsborough County

Here you'll find useful stories and information about preparing for storm and hurricane season in Hillsborough County.

Car on flooded street

Turn Around, Don't Drown

July 15, 2019
Driving a vehicle into a flooded area isn't just foolish and possibly illegal, it's potentially...
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HCFL Alert Image

Get Connected. Stay Alert. Sign up for Emergency Alerts

May 30, 2019
HCFL Alert is Hillsborough County’s official mass notification system. HCFL Alert is designed...
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Tax-free hurricane supplies

Tax-Free Week Saves Money on Hurricane Supplies

May 28, 2020
From Friday, May 29 to Thursday, June 4, 2020, you can buy select disaster preparedness items...
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Evacuation kit

Pack Your Evacuation Kit

June 5, 2020
If emergency management directors call for an evacuation of your neighborhood, what do you...
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Are you Ready?

June 5, 2020
With tropical weather swirling in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico, it’s...
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Evacuation Map

Evacuation Zones vs. Flood Zones

July 24, 2020
Though they are often mistaken for each other, Flood Zones and Evacuation Zones are two very...
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It's Never Too Early to Plan for Flooding

September 11, 2020
Flooding is the most costly and repetitive natural disaster affecting Hillsborough County. While...
Using sandbag machine

Spare the Shovel. Sandbag Machines Make Fast Work of Tough Job

June 13, 2019
Free sandbags are a popular deterrent when floodwaters threaten, and Hillsborough County now has...
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Help Your Business Weather the Storm

September 18, 2017
Roughly 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster. But you...
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Portable Generators: Don'ts and Do's

May 13, 2019
When a hurricane or tropical storm cuts off electricity in your neighborhood, a portable generator...
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Pets and family

Be Your Pet’s Best Friend: Have a Disaster Plan

January 16, 2018
Taking precautions for your pets in the event of a disaster doesn't have to be difficult. It can be...
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People with Disabilities Face Challenges in Emergencies

June 5, 2020
Preparing for emergencies, coping with them, and recovering afterward are difficult for...
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Severe Weather Preparedness Tips

July 13, 2018
Tips to remember when experiencing severe weather: Lightning If you hear thunder, go indoors ...
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Hurricane Trees

Trees in Tropical Winds - Foes or Friends?

May 21, 2019
Some trees that provide shade on hot days, help clean the air, and enhance the curb appeal of...
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The PSOC building front

Taking Emergency Response to the Next Level

May 21, 2019
Hillsborough County unveiled the latest in emergency management technology and capabilities during...
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rainy season

August: How to Weather the Storm Month

July 31, 2017
Summer is rainy season in Hillsborough County, with August, on average, being the wettest month of...
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Pet-friendly shelter 2_NR

Pet-Friendly Shelters: True or False

April 15, 2019
When a disaster hits - whether natural or manmade - you should already have a plan in place for...
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Hurricane Preparedness for Mobile Homes

August 28, 2019
Families in mobile homes face the largest risk of damage and injury during a hurricane. Whether...
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Hurricane myths

Throw these 8 Hurricane Myths to the Wind

May 8, 2019
Hurricane season spawns lots of myths and disinformation. Here are eight of them: Myth: Placing...