Emergency Management (Tampa Bay Prepares)2018-10-25T17:09:11+00:00

Emergency Management (Tampa Bay Prepares)

Staff Contact

Cara Woods Serra
Comprehensive Resiliency Planner
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 28

Marshall Flynn
IT/GIS Director
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 11

Emergency Management Information for the Tampa Bay Region

2018 Disaster Planning Guide is Available Online

The 2017 Tampa Bay Disaster Planning Guide, the region’s Official Hurricane Guide, includes your county’s hurricane evacuation map and information on what you need to do to prepare for hurricane season. Spanish-language versions are also available for selected counties.
Click here to view the online version of the Official Hurricane Guide for the Tampa Bay Region and your county’s Evacuation Zone Map and Shelter List.

Statewide Regional Evacuation Study (SRES) for the Tampa Bay Region (2010)

The Florida Division of Emergency Management, Division of Community Planning and Department of Transportation in coordination with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council have developed the Statewide Regional Evacuation Study for the Tampa Bay Region. This report updates the region’s evacuation population estimates, evacuation clearance times and public shelter demand. The Study was officially released on August 26, 2010, and covers Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties and their municipalities. Click here to view the Study documents, including the 2010 Storm Tide Atlases for each of the four counties in the Tampa Bay Planning Region (listed above).

Project Phoenix: The Tampa Bay Catastrophic Plan

Recent assessments of catastrophic event planning and preparedness highlight the need for improved and expanded regional collaboration. Around 300 participants representing a wide range of public and private entities were presented with a simulated “worst-case” scenario for the Tampa Bay area at the Catastrophic Planning Summit held January 5 & 6, 2010 in Tampa. Click here for the Project Phoenix website, and to view the video and documents that outline the catastrophic hurricane scenario.

State Disaster Planning Initiative

Disaster Housing is the cornerstone of recovery. Retaining a community following disasters is a challenge easily overwhelmed by housing stock in need of restoration and repair. Coping with disasters and enhancing the coping capacity of a community involves planning for and responding to pre- and post-disaster activities. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, along with the State of Florida and others, is working to improve coordination and collaboration in disaster housing planning within Florida. Click here for the State Disaster Housing Planning Initiative website.

About Our Emergency Management Program

Recent hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, and the tragic events of September 11th have emphasized the need for everyone – families, businesses, agencies and institutions – to be prepared.

This web site is part of the official regional awareness program prepared and sponsored by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC), your County Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service and the American Red Cross and the Florida Division of Emergency Management. We hope you will use the information on this site to make your family and business disaster plans and to ensure your family’s safety and security.

Protect Yourself

Learn how to secure your home and protect your loved ones in an emergency.

Protect Your Business

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council has developed a disaster survival guide for small businesses.

Community Protection

Learn what local governments and citizens are doing to protect the community from future disasters.

Community Involvement

Learn how you can be involved in protecting your neighborhood, training opportunities, speakers for your group and grant information.