Hurricane season 2011 draws to a close | News
Pinellas County, FL -- Nov. 30 was the last day of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. It’s time to breathe a big sigh of relief with no storms affecting the Tampa Bay area. Pinellas County Emergency Management has some advice for residents during the off season.
- Believe it or not, nonperishable food does have an expiration date. If your food is nearing its expiration date, consider adding it to your family’s normal food pantry or donating it to a local food bank where it won’t go to waste. Look for sales during the winter and spring to restock your supplies with fresh items.
- Use the batteries currently in your survival kit for battery-operated toys and gadgets you will be giving this holiday season. Replace those batteries with fresh ones you can buy during seasonal sales.
- When sending those holiday cards and spreading holiday cheer, update your emergency contact list for friends and family to ensure you have the most up-to-date phone numbers and email information.
While hurricane season is coming to a close, it’s prudent to look ahead for potential weather threats during the coming months. If you don’t already own one, now is an excellent time to purchase a weather alert radio. This device gives immediate warning when the National Weather Service office in Ruskin detects hazardous weather. Look for a model that has Specific Area Message Encoding, or SAME, which will allow you to receive only Pinellas County alerts. These radios give maximum warning time, allowing residents the most advanced notice to get to shelter should hazardous weather threaten.
Pinellas County’s Emergency Management website offers valuable preparedness information for hurricanes, tornadoes, pandemic influenza and other natural and man-made hazards. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/emergency for more information.
Videos on disaster preparedness can be viewed on www.youtube.com/pcctv1.
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