Emergency Management


Staff Contact:

Brady Smith , AICP
Principal Planner
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Suite 100
Pinellas Park, Florida 33782
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 42



John Meyer
Principal Planner
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Suite 100
Pinellas Park, Florida 33782
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 29

5 Step Survival Plan

The Small Business Disaster Survival provides small businesses with a tool useful to develop a company’s Business Preparedness Plan. Pre-planning for an emergency is key to survival in any emergency. Whether it is a hurricane, fire, tornado, or flood, having a plan is the first step in minimizing your down-time, structural and inventory damage, and employee turn-over. Disaster planning will reduce your potential property and income loss and insure that your business survives and can help your community recover.


The 5 steps in disaster planning:

  1. Establish a Disaster Team within your business. This team is responsible for development and implementation of the plan.
  2. Analyze Hazards contains a form which will help analyze your company’s vulnerability to different hazards, such as hurricane storm surge (coastal flooding), inland flooding, fire, etc.
  3. Develop Strategies to Reduce Loss identifies steps you can take to minimize your risk by (1) having adequate insurance; (2) strength-ening your building (reinforcing roof, window protection, fire extinguishers, etc.); (3) protecting your data (backup files, hot sites,etc.); and (4) communicating with vendors, customers, and suppliers.
  4. Develop the Plan provides guidance in completing the plan.
  5. Implement the Plan discusses ways to test or exercise the plan before a disaster and evaluate/revise plan when necessary.

Maps and Evacuation Zones

The evacuation plans in Tampa Bay call for one of five evacuation levels. These are called Evacuation Levels A, B, C, D, or E. Each level requires the evacuation of successively more zones inland from the storm surge heights associated with the direct hit of a hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Storm surge is historically the most deadly of all hurricane hazards. All structures will be affected by the hurricane-force winds. However, mobile homes residents are extremely vulnerable.


If you do not work in one of the areas ordered to evacuate, you may not be ordered to evacuate but you should take precautions to secure the building for winds and possible inland flooding. The more pre-planning and prepared you and your employees are, the better your chances are for your business survival.


If you need assistance in locating your zone, evacuation route, or evacuation shelter, contact your County Emergency Management office.


EVACUATION LEVEL A

Evacuate purple areas and all manufactured home residents.

EVACUATION LEVEL B

Evacuate purple and blue areas and all manufactured home residents.

EVACUATION LEVEL C

Evacuate purple, blue and green areas and all manufactured home residents.

EVACUATION LEVEL D

Evacuate purple, blue, green and yellow areas and all manufactured home residents.

EVACUATION LEVEL E

Evacuate purple, blue, green, yellow and orange and all manufactured home residents.

 

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