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Quick ways to stay prepared for hurricanes

Quick ways to stay prepared for hurricanes

The Pinellas County Communications Department's August 2011 newsletter features several key facts and reminders to help ensure residents are fully ready when severe weather strikes.

Here is this month's checklist on preparedness, with some reminder questions to get you thinking about your hurricane plan:

Grant helps homeowners prepare for storm season

Grant helps homeowners prepare for storm season

Pinellas County may be able to assist low income homeowners make important home improvements with a Hurricane Mitigation Grant. Up to $20,000 is available to help residents prepare their home for storm season.

The property must be the primary residence with a just value not to exceed $151,000 as listed by the Property Appraiser’s Office.

Income guidelines:

Improve your disaster response instincts with county's 'Prepare to Survive' eSeries

Improve your disaster response instincts with county's 'Prepare to Survive' eSeries

Pinellas County, Florida -- In the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster, residents can learn how to become part of the disaster response. Join eSeries: Prepare to Survive at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, as host Tom Iovino interviews Captain Larry Thompson of Lealman Fire Rescue. Thompson will talk about Citizen Emergency Response Teams, how they are formed and what duties they have after a disaster.

A live blog feature will open at www.pinellascounty.org/eseries before the presentation begins at 7 p.m. Those interested in submitting a question for consideration can log in and enter their question into the blog window. Questions that meet the terms of participation will be posted.

Since the show is only 15 minutes long, not all questions may be answered on air. Unanswered questions will be answered and posted online after the event.

'Weather Spotter' training classes prepare citizens to report severe storms

'Weather Spotter' training classes prepare citizens to report severe storms

Treasure Island, FL - In conjunction with the City of Treasure Island Emergency Management, the National Weather Service is offering Weather Spotter training classes on July 21, 2011 at the Treasure Island City Hall Auditorium, 120 108th Avenue.

Basic training is from 7 - 8 p.m., and Advanced training is from 8 - 9 p.m.

The City of Treasure Island Emergency Management will host two free severe weather seminars for those who wish to participate in the National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN program.

Disaster preparedness will be the focus of next Pinellas eSeries

Disaster preparedness will be the focus of next Pinellas eSeries

Join eSeries: Prepare to Survive as host Tom Iovino will discuss the topic "Preparing Florida for Disasters" on August 3. It will be a live 15-minute internet chat with a noted expert on hurricane preparedness, with citizen participation via the blog.

A live blog feature will open at www.pinellascounty.org/eseries before the presentation begins at 7 p.m. Those interested in submitting a question for consideration can log in and enter them into the blog window.

Questions meeting the terms of participation will be posted. Since the show is only 15 minutes long, not all questions may be answered on air. Those questions will be answered and posted online after the event.

Clearwater flooding: Then and Now

Clearwater flooding: Then and Now

Clearwater, Florida -- As the City of Clearwater has noted on facebook, there is so much rain!

You can report heavy street flooding to the city's Public Services Team by calling 562-4950.

Also, check out this photo of Drew Street from 1974.

Luckily, Clearwater streets don’t flood like this anymore!

County: July is loose-ends month for hurricane preparedness

County: July is loose-ends month for hurricane preparedness

Pinellas County residents have been busy the past few months finding their home's evacuation level, stocking survival kits and preparing important papers. But have all of the finer points in those survival plans been considered? With storm activity traditionally light in July, it is the perfect month to tie up the loose ends for hurricane plans.

Pinellas County wants to remind local residents and visitors that some items frequently overlooked include:

Pet preparation

Should an evacuation be ordered, many pet owners will risk everything because they haven’t made arrangements for their pets. Create a plan that includes food, medications, identification and anything else a pet will need, and decide now on a pet-friendly shelter such as at a friend’s home or at a hotel that welcomes pets.

The car needs a kit

Residents may have their homes prepared, but what about their cars? Jumper cables, a flashlight, a first aid kit, a small tool kit and some extra nonperishable food and water may mean the difference between getting to an evacuation destination safely and being stuck on the road.