Stay Informed

Staying informed is one of the best ways to stay safe during any 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.

Alerts

Alert Pinellas

Sign up for Alert Pinellas to get community notifications.

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

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.

Florida 511

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

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.

Social Media

Pinellas County Government

Resources

Pinellas County 2022 All Hazards Preparedness Guide

Hurricanes commonly pose a risk to Pinellas County, and that makes it important to Know Your Risk, Make a Plan, Stay Informed and Get Involved. The All Hazards Preparedness Guide can help you navigate the ways to prepare and stay safe.

The 2022 All Hazard Preparedness Guides are available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Individuals can pick up their 2021 Hurricane Guides at the following locations:

  • Pinellas County Libraries
  • Municipal buildings
  • Pinellas County offices

Individuals and organizations who would like more than 5 copies of the guides can also pick them at the following locations:

  • Lealman Exchange, 5175 45th St. N., St. Petersburg (Lealman area, right off of 54th). Open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • The Centre, 1500 16th 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.

Videos

Pinellas County maintains a collection of educational videos and animations about how to prepare for different kinds of emergencies.

News Media

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.

County Information Center

During an emergency, 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.

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.