Emergency Management Department

Pinellas County Emergency Management partners with the whole community to prepare for disasters, plan emergency response and work toward recovery for all of Pinellas County.

Quick Facts

How We Started

Our history started in the 1950s with the creation of the Pinellas County Civil Defense to protect against nuclear threat. Over the years, it evolved to a All-Hazards approach.

Where To Find Us

After each incident we collect feedback from our partners and the community to identify challenges so that we can be better prepared for all hazards. Take a look at the After Action Report for the COVID-19 pandemic 2020-2022.

Weather Ready

As a participant in the National Weather Service Weather-Ready Nation program, we join a national effort to build resiliency through local efforts.

Accomplishments

Hurricane Ian Response

As Hurricane Ian approached, Pinellas County distributed more than 37,000 sandbags and sheltered more than 5,000 residents and their pets. The County Information Center staff received 13,000 calls and 3,000 Live Chat messages from residents, and emergency personnel throughout the county continue to serve. See available disaster assistance resources.

Strategic Plan

Emergency Management maintains a five-year Strategic Plan with a focus on four overarching goals: address at-risk populations; engage and empower Whole Community partners; ensure operational readiness; and promote resilient communities.

Whole Community Preparedness

Since the beginning of the 2022 Hurricane Season, we worked with partners to share preparedness information with 250 at-risk residents, assembled 1,000 Hurricane/Hygiene Kits for low-income families, and distributed 1,700 emergency weather radios to vulnerable residents. See how you can Get Involved.

News & Stories

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November 3, 2022

Disaster Recovery Center opens in Pinellas County

Disaster Recovery Centers provide disaster survivors with information from Florida state agencies, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Services

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