Hurricane Michael information updates:


As of 10:00 a.m. on October 9, 2018, the following information was posted:


Hurricane Michael | Weather | Tropical Storm















The limited activation will allow officials to better monitor Hurricane Michael.

TAMPA – Out of an abundance of caution, Hillsborough County has partially activated its emergency operations center in response to Hurricane Michael.

At this time, the hurricane is not forecast to significantly impact Hillsborough County. But, officials said, a limited activation of the EOC allows the county and partner agencies to better monitor the storm track and coordinate resources and operations if necessary.

The emergency policy group met at 9 a.m. today (Oct. 9) to discuss actions related to the storm. The meeting was held in the county commission boardroom on the second floor of County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa. The EPG meeting was held immediately before the county commission’s regularly-scheduled land use meeting.

The emergency policy group has declared a state of local emergency in Hillsborough County, and has proactively positioned the county to take specific response and recovery actions as needed. Gov. Rick Scott’s declared state of emergency for certain Florida counties was extended Monday to include Hillsborough.

The Hillsborough County emergency policy group is comprised of three county commissioners, the mayors from the cities of Plant City, Tampa and Temple Terrace, and the sheriff.

Photo shows the position and projected path of Hurricane Michael as of 4 a.m. this morning (Oct. 9). Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center.



From: Jones, Dennis
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2018 12:50 PM
Subject: Hurricane Michael Update


The attached report shows the latest predicted track of Hurricane Michael – currently a Category 1 with sustained winds of 75 mph, and expected to be a Category 3 upon landfall in the panhandle on Wednesday.

Wind Analysis for Hillsborough, FL (Based upon Hurricane MICHAEL Advisory #8)

Wind Probabilities

Tampa, FL, the closest reporting location, has within the 5-day forecast period of this advisory, a 1%
chance of hurricane-force (64kt/74mph or greater) winds, a 4% chance of at least strong tropical
storm-force (50kt/58mph) winds, and a 39% chance of at least tropical storm-force (34kt/39mph) winds.

Peak Wind*

No tropical storm winds are predicted for Hillsborough, FL during the next 72 hours.

Wind Arrival and Duration*

No tropical storm winds are predicted for <select county> during the next 72 hours.

* These wind estimations are limited to the first 72 hours (3 days) following advisory issuance, and are
subject to considerable forecast uncertainty and generalization, especially if the storm is distant.

Maximum sustained winds (the highest surface wind maintained over a 1 minute period) are reported
here. Wind gusts and winds at higher elevations will be greater.


At this time, the Emergency Management Office is monitoring the storm and participating in regular conference calls.


Hillsborough County is under a Tropical Storm watch and expected to receive 1 – 2” of rain and 1 – 3’ of storm surge.

As seen on the graphic attached, we are expected to be outside the tropical storm wind band.


There will be an OPS Group conference call this afternoon, and we are making preparations to react quickly if needed.

Expect an update later today before 5:00 p.m.


Dennis Jones 

Fire Chief

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue

P: (813) 272-6600







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The 2017 Hurricane Season impacted virtually every county in Florida, with Hurricane Irma resulting in more than $8.6 billion in insured losses. The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is upon us. Just a little preparation now can save you a lot of trouble if a hurricane were to make landfall in your area.

There are several things you can do such as come up with a family communication action plan, where you set up ways to connect with your loved ones in the event of an emergency. One of the easiest things you can do is put together a simple disaster supply kit. The Florida CFO’s office has great resources on how to build a hurricane toolkit.




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newsletter click on the following link:  Get Ready Special Edition 2018



Here is some helpful information on the 2018 Hurricane Season



Get Ready!

The most important thing that you can do is to be informed and prepared! Disaster prevention includes both being prepared as well as being safe. So Get Ready!

Disaster Prevention should include:

One of the most important decisions you will have to make is “Should I Evacuate?”

If you are asked to evacuate, you should do so without delay.But unless you live in a coastal or low-lying area, an area that floods frequently, or in manufactured housing, it is unlikely that emergency managers will ask you to evacuate. That means that it is important for you and your family to HAVE A PLAN that makes you as safe as possible in your home.

Disaster prevention includes modifying your home to strengthen it against storms so that you can be as safe as possible. It also includes having the supplies on hand to weather the storm. The suggestions provided here are only guides. You should use common sense in your disaster prevention.

  • DEVELOP A FAMILY PLAN – Your family’s plan should be based on your vulnerability to the Hurricane Hazards. You should keep a written plan and share your plan with other friends or family.
  • CREATE A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT – There are certain items you need to have regardless of where you ride out a hurricane. The disaster supply kit is a useful tool when you evacuate as well as making you as safe as possible in your home.
  • SECURE YOUR HOME – There are things that you can do to make your home more secure and able to withstand stronger storms.
  • ONLINE VULNERABILITY INFOThere are web sites that can give you information about your communities vulnerability to specific hazards. These include hurricanes as well as other weather related hazards.


Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.

  • Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
  • Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
  • Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  • Check your insurance coverage – flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
  • Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
  • Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
  • Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

Have a Supply Kit!

Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days
– non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
– foods for infants or the elderly
– snack foods
– non-electric can opener
– cooking tools / fuel
– paper plates / plastic utensils

Blankets / Pillows, etc.

Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes

First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs

Special Items – for babies and the elderly

Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes

Flashlight / Batteries

Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set

Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods


Toys, Books and Games

Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag

– insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

Tools – keep a set with you during the storm

Vehicle fuel tanks filled

Pet care items – proper identification / immunization records / medications

– ample supply of food and water

– a carrier or cage

– muzzle and lease

Find a Place to Go!

Develop a family hurricane preparedness plan before an actual storm threatens your area.
If your family hurricane preparedness plan includes evacuation to a safer location for any of the reasons specified with in this web site, then it is important to consider the following points:

If ordered to evacuate, do not wait or delay your departure.
If possible, leave before local officials issue an evacuation order for your area. Even a slight delay in starting your evacuation will result in significantly longer travel times as traffic congestion worsens.

Select an evacuation destination that is nearest to your home, preferably in the same county, or at least minimize the distance over which you must travel in order to reach your intended shelter location.
In choosing your destination, keep in mind that the hotels and other sheltering options in most inland metropolitan areas are likely to be filled very quickly in a large, multi-county hurricane evacuation event.

If you decide to evacuate to another county or region, be prepared to wait in traffic.
The large number of people in this state who must evacuate during a hurricane will probably cause massive delays and major congestion along most designated evacuation routes; the larger the storm, the greater the probability of traffic jams and extended travel times.

If possible, make arrangements to stay with the friend or relative who resides closest to your home and who will not have to evacuate. Discuss with your intended host the details of your family evacuation plan well before the beginning of the hurricane season.

If a hotel or motel is your final intended destination during an evacuation, make reservations before you leave.
Most hotel and motels will fill quickly once evacuations begin. The longer you wait to make reservations, even if an official evacuation order has not been issued for your area or county, the less likely you are to find hotel/motel room vacancies, especially along interstate highways and in major metropolitan areas.

If you are unable to stay with friends or family and no hotels/motels rooms are available, then as a last resort go to a shelter. Remember, shelters are not designed for comfort and do not usually accept pets.  Bring your disaster supply kit with you to the shelter. Find Pet-Friendly hotels and motels.

Make sure that you fill up your car with gas, before you leave.

Make Your Home Secure!

RETROFITTING YOUR HOME The most important precaution you can take to reduce damage to your home and property is to protect the areas where wind can enter. According to recent wind technology research, it’s important to strengthen the exterior of your house so wind and debris do not tear large openings in it. You can do this by protecting and reinforcing these five critical areas:


A great time to start securing – or retrofitting – your house is when you are making other improvements or adding an addition.

Remember: building codes reflect the lessons experts have learned from past catastrophes. Contact the local building code official to find out what requirements are necessary for your home improvement projects.

FLOOD INSURANCEThe National Flood Insurance Program, is a pre-disaster flood mitigation and insurance protection program designed to reduce the escalating cost of disasters. The National Flood Insurance Program makes federally backed flood insurance available to residents and business owners

Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.  Do not make assumptions.  Check your policy.

National Flood Insurance Program call  1-888-CALL-FLOOD ext. 445, TDD# 1-800-427-5593.

Have a Pet Plan!




Contact your veterinarian or local humane society for information on preparing your pets for an emergency.


  • Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations.  Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.
  • Have a current photograph
  • Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet.
  • Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal – carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand  and turn around.
  • Plan your evacuation strategy and don’t forget your pet!  Specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters, veterinary clinics and friends and relatives out of harm’s way are ALL potential refuges for your pet during a disaster.

If you plan to shelter your pet – work it into your evacuation route planning.

  • ·Animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have:  Proper identification collar and rabies tag, proper identification on all belongings, a carrier or cage, a leash, an ample supply of food, water and food bowls, any necessary medications, specific care instructions and news papers or trash bags for clean-up.
  • ·Bring pets indoor well in advance of a storm – reassure them and remain calm.
  • ·Pet shelters will be filled on first come, first served basis.  Call ahead and determine availability.


  • Walk pets on a leash until they become re-oriented to their home – often familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and pets could easily be confused and become lost.  Also, downed power lines, reptiles brought in with high water and debris can all pose a threat for animals after a disaster.
  • If pets cannot be found after a disaster, contact the local animal control office to find out where lost animals can be recovered.  Bring along a picture of your pet if possible.
  • After a disaster animals can become aggressive or defensive – monitor their behavior.

Don’t forget your pet when preparing a family disaster plan.


· Proper identification including immunization records
· Ample supply of food and water
· A carrier or cage
· Medications
· Muzzle, collar and leash


Contact Information for Hillsborough County!

PET RESOURCES – (813) 744-5660






HIGHWAY PATROL– (813) 632-6859


HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY INFOLINE TTY– (813) 301-7173 or (813) 272-5900


SOLID WASTE– (813) 272-5680


SHERIFF– (813) 247-8200




TECO TO REPORT POWER OUTAGES– (813) 223-0800 or (877) 588-1010




AMERICAN RED CROSS– (813) 348-4820


CATHOLIC CHARITIES– (813) 631-4370


SALVATION ARMY (813) 226-0055


UNITED WAY– (813) 274-0900


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