Tampa Bay hurricane preparation guide, from FOX 13 - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Hurricane and severe weather preparation guide

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  • Know your evacuation zone

    Know your evacuation zone

    Monday, April 30 2012 11:18 AM EDT2012-04-30 15:18:46 GMT
    If a storm threatens the Tampa Bay area and the evacuation orders begin, do you know what to do? The first thing you need to know is what evacuation zone you're in.
    If a storm threatens the Tampa Bay area and the evacuation orders begin, do you know what to do? The first thing you need to know is what evacuation zone you're in.
  • Pre-storm shopping list

    Pre-storm shopping list

    Monday, April 30 2012 10:27 AM EDT2012-04-30 14:27:33 GMT
    If you're ordered to evacuate, keep in mind that it could be days -- if not weeks -- before you can return to your home. That means you're going to need important supplies to take with you.
    If you're ordered to evacuate, keep in mind that it could be days -- if not weeks -- before you can return to your home. That means you're going to need important supplies to take with you.
  • Pre-storm home inventory

    Pre-storm home inventory

    Monday, April 30 2012 10:31 AM EDT2012-04-30 14:31:51 GMT
    Floridians need to get organized before the hurricane season picks up so they're not overwhelmed by insurance needs after the storm. A home inventory is a powerful tool.
    Floridians need to get organized before the hurricane season picks up so they're not overwhelmed by insurance needs after the storm. A home inventory is a powerful tool.
  • Hurricane season insurance tips

    Hurricane season insurance tips

    Monday, April 30 2012 10:24 AM EDT2012-04-30 14:24:05 GMT
    If a hurricane hits the Tampa Bay Area and your home or possessions are lost or damaged, do you have enough insurance coverage? Now is the time to find out.
    If a hurricane hits the Tampa Bay Area and your home or possessions are lost or damaged, do you have enough insurance coverage? Now is the time to find out.
  • Preparations for pet owners

    Preparations for pet owners

    Monday, April 30 2012 11:17 AM EDT2012-04-30 15:17:51 GMT
    When a storm approaches, it's important to remember to look out for your pets, too. After all, they are members of the family. Here are some things to think about both before and after a storm hits to
    When a storm approaches, it's important to remember to look out for your pets, too. After all, they are members of the family. Here are some things to think about both before and after a storm hits.
  • What to put in your first aid kit

    What to put in your first aid kit

    Monday, April 30 2012 10:32 AM EDT2012-04-30 14:32:39 GMT
    Accidents and injuries can happen any time of the year, but it's especially important to be prepared during hurricane season.
    Accidents and injuries can happen any time of the year, but it's especially important to be prepared during hurricane season.
  • Shattering a myth: Don't tape your windows before a storm

    Don't tape your windows before a storm

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:06 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:06:38 GMT
    Seven out of 10 people recently surveyed believed that taping windows was an effective way to keep them from shattering during a hurricane.  They're wrong.
    Seven out of 10 people recently surveyed believed that taping windows was an effective way to keep them from shattering during a hurricane.  They're wrong.
  • Boarding up your home

    Boarding up your home

    Monday, April 30 2012 10:33 AM EDT2012-04-30 14:33:50 GMT
    Hurricanes are incredibly destructive because they bring a triple punch of wind, storm surge, and heavy rain. Here's how to prepare your home.
    Hurricanes are incredibly destructive because they bring a triple punch of wind, storm surge, and heavy rain. Here's how to prepare your home.
  • Dangers after the storm

    Dangers after the storm

    Monday, April 30 2012 11:20 AM EDT2012-04-30 15:20:21 GMT
    Once a storm has passed, it doesn't mean the danger is over. From downed power lines to spoiled food in the refrigerator, the hazards will be everywhere.
    Once a storm has passed, it doesn't mean the danger is over. From downed power lines to spoiled food in the refrigerator, the hazards will be everywhere.
  • Generator safety during and after a storm

    Generator safety

    Monday, April 30 2012 11:20 AM EDT2012-04-30 15:20:47 GMT
    Even if you don't experience flooding or severe wind damage in a hurricane, it's a pretty good bet that you're going to lose power -- possibly for weeks.
    Even if you don't experience flooding or severe wind damage in a hurricane, it's a pretty good bet that you're going to lose power -- possibly for weeks.
  • County-by-county

  • Click on your county for local evacuation zone maps and other emergency information.

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