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Helpful Resources for Pre- and Post-Storm Planning

Weather informationwww.nhc.noaa.gov
The Weather Channelwww.weather.com
National Weather Service (NWS)www.weather.gov
NWS, Tampa Bay forecastwww.srh.noaa.gov/tbw
Tide Forecastswww.saltwatertides.com
Federal Emergency Management Agencywww.FEMA.gov
Access to Disaster Help and Resourceswww.disasterassistance.gov
US Department of Homeland Securitywww.DHS.gov
Homeland Security general preparednesswww.ready.gov
Family Emergency Planwww.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/Family_Emegency_Plan.pdf
Center for Disease Controlwww.CDC.gov
Environmental Protection Agencywww.EPA.gov
State of Floridawww.myflorida.com
Florida Division of Emergency Management
(Family, Business, and Kids Plan Development)
www.FloridaDisaster.org
American Red Crosswww.RedCross.org
Salvation Armywww.SalvationArmyUSA.org
Florida Power & Light Storm Centerwww.FPL.com/storm/index.shtml
Manatee Countywww.MyManatee.org
Manatee Chamber Commercewww.ManateeChamber.com
Institute for Business and Home Safetywww.IBHS.org
Federal Alliance for Safe Homeswww.flash.org
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
(Florida Highway Patrol)
www.flhsmv.gov
Florida Emergency Contact Notificationwww.flhsmv.gov/driver-licenses-id-cards/emergency-contact-information-history
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Councilwww.tbrpc.org

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Your Pet Emergency Plan:

  • ID your pet.  Whether through microchipping or up-to-date tags, your pet's ID is a ticket home should you become separated.
  • Keep a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • Include a secure crate, carrier, leash, or harness so if your pet panics, it cannot escape.
  • Identify shelters.  Many public emergency shelters do not accept pets, so in advance of needing them, find out which hotels in your area accept pets.
  • Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals.  Develop a buddy system with friends, neighbors, or relatives.
  • During a disaster, bring pets inside immediately.  Pets' instincts may cause them to isolate if they are afraid, so bring them inside early to stop them from running away.
  • Keep newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes.  Feed animals moist or canned food so they will need less drinking water.
  • Separate dogs and cats.  The anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally.
  • If you evacuate your home, do not leave pets behind.

Make a pet emergency kit.  Here's a quick list of what to include:

  • Pet food
  • Bottled water
  • Medications
  • Veterinary records
  • Cat litter/pan
  • Manual can opener
  • First aid kit

There are far more details and tips available on the Pet and Animal Emergency Planning website, and many excellent videos on YouTube.  Plan now and you'll be prepared in an emergency!

Updated 6/1/2017

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