During an emergency
During an emergency, Pinellas County provides up-to-the-minute information to help you protect yourself, your loved ones and your property. During an emergency, check the Emergency Information page frequently for the latest official information.Pinellas County activates the County Information Center to answer your questions. You can reach the information center by calling (727) 464-4333. Hours of operation will be announced through alerts, social media and the Pinellas County website.
Sign up for Alert Pinellas to receive messages about emergencies and other important community news. Alert Pinellas is an emergency notification service for Pinellas County, local municipalities and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. This service is free to our residents and delivers urgent messages on a variety of situations, such as severe weather, boil water notices, missing persons or evacuations.
NOAA Weather Alert Radio
NOAA Weather Alert Radios deliver automatic alerts from the National Weather Service. We recommend that you configure the radio to receive alerts only for Pinellas County using the Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME). Each model of the radio has different instructions for setting it up, so check your owner’s manual. For Pinellas County, use SAME code 012103.
Free Mobile Apps
Ready Pinellas is a mobile app designed to help residents prepare themselves and their families. It is also invaluable in the case of an emergency, with up-to-date information and notifications that are pushed through to your device. There is information that can be uploaded to your phone so that it will be available to you in the case of power outages and loss of cell service. It is available for free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
The Florida 511 mobile app provides real-time traffic conditions and incident information for the state of Florida. It is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. You can alternatively receive Florida 511 information via text message or social media.
Nextdoor is a social network where you can see news and updates local to your neighborhood or city. Pinellas County and other official agencies use Nextdoor to disseminate important information during emergencies. The app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play You can also access the network by using the Nextdoor website, which has options for email and text messages.
Pinellas County Government
- Facebook for Pinellas County Government: @PinellasGov
- Twitter for Pinellas County Government: @PinellasGov
- Twitter for Pinellas County Emergency Management: @PinellasEM
- YouTube for Pinellas County Government: PinellasGov
Pinellas County 2023 Hurricane Guide
In Pinellas County, it is important to Know Your Risk, Make a Plan, Stay Informed and Get Involved. The Hurricane Guide can help you navigate the ways to prepare and stay safe. It is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
The printed guides are available at:
- Pinellas County Libraries
- Municipal buildings
- Pinellas County offices
Individuals and organizations can also pick them at the following locations:
- Lealman Exchange, 5175 45 St. N., St. Petersburg (Lealman area, right off of 54th). Open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- The Centre, 1500 16 St., Palm Harbor. Open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pinellas County Connection Television (PCC-TV)
PCC-TV offers information on county programs, services and live coverage of press conferences during emergencies. Watch online or on your television by tuning to Spectrum 637, WOW 18 or Frontier 44.
Pinellas County provides frequent updates to local news media during emergencies. Be sure that you are getting your information from trusted media outlets. You can confirm important information through official government platforms like this website, Pinellas County social media, the County Information Center and Live Chat.
Operators are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to answer your questions. Live Chat becomes part of the County Information Center during emergencies and may be preferable for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. It can be found on any page on the Pinellas County website.
Pinellas County maintains a collection of educational videos and animations about how to prepare for different kinds of emergencies.
Ready-Set-Protect Webinar Series
In the 2023 Ready-Set-Protect Webinar Series, Pinellas County Emergency Management and affiliated community partners discuss preparation, evacuation zones, emergency shelter options, special needs, and insurance considerations, providing information and resources to assist the community in best preparing for hurricane season.
General Hurricane Preparedness
LINK TO RECORDING (1 hour) English
LINK TO RECORDING (1 hour) Spanish
Hurricane Preparedness for Mobile Home Communities
LINK TO RECORDING(1 hour)
Hurricane Preparedness for Pinellas County Businesses
LINK TO RECORDING (1 hour)
Hurricane Preparedness for Faith-Based Organizations
LINK TO RECORDING (1 hour)