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Emergency Operations – Helpful Information for Residents

Check your evacuation zone, flooding risk or just get good tips for storm safety at storm.pinellascounty.org

View the 2022 All Hazard Guide

Pinellas County Emergency Management: Learn more about shelter options, pet preparedness, special needs options and more.

Citizen Information Line:  727-464-4333

City of Tarpon Springs Emergency Operations Center Line: 727-938-3737

Sign up for emergency notifications at:  Alert Pinellas – In emergencies stay informed!

Tarpon Springs Evacuation Map
Pinellas County Evacuation Map and Shelter Details
Pinellas County Emergency Management
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
National Flood Insurance Program
National Hurricane Center
NOAA Extreme Weather Information Guide for West-Central Florida

Hurricane Season is upon us and begins June 1st….What you need to know as a Tarpon Springs Resident

This is the time to prepare and below are some tools you can use to help make a plan!

  1. Know your Evacuation Zone! https://kyz.pinellascounty.org/?find=315%20COURT%20ST
  2. Have your Emergency Plan to go for the whole family, including adults, children, people with special needs and pets Make a Plan – Pinellas County
  3. Having your emergency kit ready: https://pinellas.gov/make-a-plan/build-your-emergency-kit/
  4. Special Needs may require specific equipment that requires electricity, be sure to have a plan for a backup source or location that does in the event there are evacuation orders https://pinellas.gov/special-needs/
  5. Prepare your children. Involve them in the planning and be sure to have items for children to keep them busy and give them comfort such as favorite toys and snacks.
  6. Pets are required to be up to date on vaccinations and their County License will need to be valid to be accepted in shelters that accept pets when evacuation orders are mandated, (be sure to take a photo and keep that along with their vaccination records with your important documentation).
  7. Prepare your home, yard and businesses.
  8. Visitors: should be aware before making plans that popular coastal/beach communities such as ours are prone to storm surge and are the first to evacuate if a hurricane threatens and to be prepared with a backup plan for that. http://www.vspc.info/ and http://www.fly2pie.com/


Stay Informed

Pinellas County Emergency Management (ongoing updates in the case of a large-scale emergency): https://pinellas.gov/emergency-information/

Check for Emergency Information: https://pinellas.gov/emergency-information

Pinellas County Emergency Information (various resources for Emergency Management events, social media, apps, etc): https://pinellas.gov/stay-informed/

Sign up for Alert Pinellas (receive messages about emergencies and other important community news): https://pinellas.gov/alert-pinellas/

Download the Ready Pinellas App (mobile app residents can download to receive messages to help prepare in the event of an emergency): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ready-pinellas/id1160254835?mt=8 and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ocv.a753

National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php


Tax Exemption May 27 – June 9 and August 26 – September 8, 2023

The Florida House and Senate proposed two (2) 14-day sales tax holidays for disaster preparedness supplies, which the Governor signed into law.

Some examples of tax-free items include:

Reusable ice costing $20 or less.

Flashlights and lanterns costing $40 or less.

Radios and batteries costing $50 or less.

Fuel tanks costing $50 or less.

Coolers and portable power banks costing $60 or less

Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors costing $70 or less.

Tarps and ground anchors or tie down kits costing $100 or less.

Generators costing $3,000 or less.


All Tax Exempt Holidays 2023 – 2024

There are additional tax exemptions holidays the Florida Legislature and Governor DeSantis signed into law for 2023. The Home Hardening sales tax exemption from the 2022 legislative session, continues through fiscal year 2023-24. The calendar below details the dates for each exemption period. For more information, visit Florida Dept. of Revenue – Sales Tax Holidays and Exemption Periods (floridarevenue.com)


Disaster Preparedness:          May 27, 2023 – June 9, 2023 (2 weeks) AND August 26, 2023 – June 9, 2023 (2 weeks)

Freedom Summer:                  May 29, 2023 – September 4, 2023 (3+ months)

ENERGY STAR appliances:  July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024 (1 year)

Gas Ranges and Cooktops:    July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024 (1 year)

Home Hardening:                   July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024 (2 years)

Back to School:                        July 24, 2022 – August 6, 2023 (2 weeks) AND January 1, 2024 – January 14, 2024 (2 weeks)

Tool Time:                                September 2, 2023 – September 8, 2023 (1 week)

Storm Debris Collection Guidelines