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Hurricane Irma approaches the mainland

Don’t panic, but prepare.  It serves as a useful mantra with Hurricane Irma looming on the horizon.

While we all pray for the best and hope the storm turns, here are some tips and resources that may be helpful.

General Hurricane Checklist:

  • Flashlights
  • Battery-operated lanterns
  • Bottled water 1 gallon (per person/day)
  • Weather radio
  • Nonperishable food
  • Batteries (different sizes)
  • Cooler for long-lasting perishable
  • First aid kit
  • Duct tape
  • Bottled drinks
  • Wind-up or battery-powered clock
  • Manual can opener
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Cooktop/portable grill
  • Can opener
  • Disposable dishware/utensils
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Scissors
  • Separate cooler for drinks
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • Dry/small canned pet food
  • Extra clean clothes
  • Water for pets
  • Heavy gloves
  • Portable pet dishes
  • Generator (only run outside)

County evacuation maps:

Hillsborough County

Pinellas County

National Hurricane Center

Please be safe and prepared!