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Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Treasure Island (and all the low-lying beach communities) are in a highly vulnerable flood and wind zone area.
All of Treasure Island is in EVACUATION ZONE A.
In the event of a hurricane threat and formal order for evacuation, Treasure Island must be completely evacuated due to the city’s low elevation and a very strong possibility of a storm surge and flooding. Flooding and storm surge will not just prevent you from leaving - it will also prevent emergency responders from assisting you, if you were to ignore the order and remain on the island. Moreover, Treasure Island City employees, emergency personnel and volunteers, along with all their equipment, are also evacuated off the island in order to make the first return to restore city operations and services, once the evacuation is over.
Before Hurricane Season starts you should:
- Have disaster supplies on hand.
- Select a safe haven now. You might choose a hotel or motel or the home of a friend or relative in a safe location. As a last resort, go to a shelter.
- Make arrangements for pets. Pets are not allowed into emergency shelters.
- Develop an emergency communication plan. In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster, have a plan for getting back together. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact."
When a Hurricane Watch is issued you should:
- Listen to a radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
- Check emergency supplies.
- Fuel the car.
- Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
- Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows.
- Remove outside antennas.
- Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
- Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs and bottles.
- Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure boat to trailer. Use tiedowns to anchor trailer to the ground or house.
When a Hurricane Warning is issued you should:
- Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
- Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.
- Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
- If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power "surge" when electricity is restored.
- Elevate furniture to protect it from flooding or better yet, move it to a higher floor.
- In high rise building, avoid elevators.
If evacuation is necessary you should:
- Be ready to drive 20 to 50 miles inland to locate a safe place. Leave as soon as possible.
- Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve.
- Tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going.
- Bring pre-assembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing. Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter. Lock up home and leave.
- The evacuation route off Treasure Island is the Treasure Island Causeway.
- Evacuation notification will be telecast in Treasure Island on TITV615 and on Pinellas 622. For official information before, during and after a storm, listen to Pinellas County AM radio station WEOC-940 AM.
Special Medical Needs Evacuees
- People with medical problems or handicaps that require special assistance during an evacuation can register for special needs assistance. Contact the Treasure Island Fire Department at 547-4590 and register as a Special Needs Evacuee.
After Landfall and Re-Entry Procedures
No two evacuation or re-entry processes will be alike, and it is difficult to predict a timeframe when re-entry will occur. Treasure Island city officials are aware that everyone will be anxious to return to their homes as soon as possible, but two things must occur before residents and property owners are allowed re-entry:
Re-entry may be restricted for a while even after damage is initially assessed and roads made passable. The public's understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.
- Damage Assessment Teams must complete evaluation reports so Treasure Island will be eligible for federal disaster assistance (this could take several hours or days depending on severity of the storm.)
- A relative amount of safety must be established (roads and debris need to be cleared for safe passage.)
Treasure Island Police and/or Pinellas County Sheriff’s Officers will be located at each bridge to Treasure Island, to check for identification indicating property ownership or residency. A Treasure Island Re-Entry Decal is required for residents and business owners to enter the city after an evacuation. Click HERE for details.
The nature and severity of the storm and the level of damage in Treasure Island determine re-entry procedures. Re-entry and access may be allowed to temporarily secure and stabilize property, with no permanent repairs allowed at that time.