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Emergency operations center at end of final hurricane season

Emergency operations center at end of final hurricane season

Pinellas County, Florida -- Shortly after the close brush with Hurricane Elena in 1985, Pinellas County emergency planners sought a permanent space to use when responding to threatening hurricanes and other disasters. This year, with the end of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Nov. 30, emergency planners will close this first-in-the-state center, ending its 28-year run.

October storms can surprise

October storms can surprise

Pinellas County, Florida -- While the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season has not been as active as predicted, Pinellas County emergency managers remind residents to pay close attention to the weather as we turn the calendar to October.

Halfway through hurricane season

Halfway through hurricane season

Tropical Storm Andrea brought some heavy rain and wind to Pinellas County. Other than that, 2013 has proven to be a light hurricane season for the Tampa Bay area. As we close the books on the first half of the season, it’s important to remember that the second, far busier, half is yet to come.

The tropics heat up in August

The tropics heat up in August

Pinellas County, Florida -- Hurricane Andrew. Hurricane Charley. Hurricane Katrina. Three devastating storms- that made landfall in August. 

August is the month when tropical activity begins to ramp up in earnest before reaching its peak in mid-September. It is critical for residents to take time and ensure all of their preparations for a potential hurricane impact. 

Here are some items to consider:

July 31 Is National Heatstroke Prevention Day

July 31 Is National Heatstroke Prevention Day

Pinellas County, Florida -- A child dies from heatstroke every 10 days from being left alone in an unattended vehicle. In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of a non-crash vehicle fatality for children 14 and younger.

On Wednesday, July 31, Pinellas County Public Safety Services is joining a national effort to raise awareness about this preventable tragedy with a Social Media Conversation Day.

On this day, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking the public to share safety messages through Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #heatstroke.

Stormwater and Sewer Improvements are Coming to Glenwood Estates Neighborhood

Stormwater and Sewer Improvements are Coming to Glenwood Estates Neighborhood

Clearwater, Florida -- The City of Clearwater is bringing stormwater and sewer improvements to the Glenwood Estates neighborhood. The two projects include:

- The Smallwood Circle Drainage Improvement project will reduce flooding potential and provide water quality benefits to the area.

- The Edgewood Sanitary Sewer Improvements project will improve the performance of the sewer system in the neighborhood by adjusting slope levels of sewer pipes between manholes.

Prospect of hurricane aftermath has mayor "scared"

Prospect of hurricane aftermath has mayor "scared"

Clearwater, Florida - The city's pro-active stance for dealing with a bad hurricane has a down side.

A section of the "Post Disaster Redevelopment Plan" under review includes aerial photographs depicting what the beach would look like if struck by a serious storm surge.

"This is what scares me," said Mayor George Cretekos at the council's workshop session.

"Whenever you head of a disaster you pray that we'd be given the strength to be able to come back home," the mayor said.