The City of Dunedin wants to keep its residents safe. If a disaster were to hit today, would you be ready? Please become familiar with the following which will help you become prepared.
KNOW YOUR ZONE! In order to know when and where to evacuate, you must KNOW YOUR ZONE! Follow this link to Pinellas County Emergency Management to find your Evacuation Zone. When an alert comes over the radio, television or through the City's warning system, you can make plans for you and your family's safety. By entering your address, you can find information on your evacuation level, evacuation route, and the closest shelter available.
INSURE YOUR PROPERTY! Anywhere it rains, it can flood. Homeowner's insurance policies do not cover losses due to flooding. NFIP is available in Dunedin. Flood insurance is mandatory for federally backed mortgages on buildings located in the special flood hazard area. Contacting a local insurance agent or lender for details is suggested. Be aware that there is a 30-day waiting period before coverage goes into effect - so don't delay.
Visit www.floodsmart.gov or call toll-free, (888) 379-9531 for information on policy rates and coverage.
Also featured below is a link to information provided by Pinellas County on "Surviving a Storm" of major winds or hurricane. Be prepared!
PROTECT YOURSELF! When a flood warning is issued - The following link gives information on the local warning system, notification, and safety tips: http://www.pinellascounty.org/flooding/safety.htm
Listen to weather updates; keep tuned to local stations for evacuation information
If ordered to evacuate, OBEY IMMEDIATELY! Let friends and neighbors know where you are going
Store drinking water in sterile, covered containers
Keep portable radios, flashlights and new batteries on hand
Fuel your vehicle
During the flood:
If flood waters threaten to enter your house, turn off electricity at main circuit box
Stay on higher ground; do not attempt to wade in waters above your knees
Do not drive on a flooded road
After the flood:
Do not return to your home until officials give the "all clear"
Do not eat food that has come into contact with flood water and drink only bottled or previously stored water
Stay away from disaster areas
Do not handle live electrical equipment: report downed power lines, road obstructions, etc.
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY! Elevate your utilities (water heaters, A/C units) and implement floodproofing techniques. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/flooding or contact Pinellas County Flood Information Services at (727) 464-7700. Staff are available to provide in person property protection consultation and drainage evaluations.
Emergency floodproofing measures: http://www.pinellascounty.org/plan/pdf_files/FLPRVSHT.pdf
BUILD RESPONSIBLY! Find out what permits you may need, plan for proper drainage, and be aware of the substantial improvement rules. You can speak with the City of Dunedin's Certified Floodplain Managers:
PROTECT NATURAL FLOODPLAIN FUNCTIONS! "Only Rain Down the Drain" Keep lawn clippings, leaves and other debris out of streets and storm drains; Do not dispose of yard debris in ditches, wetlands, ponds or streams; Do not fill a floodplain. Floodplains lessen the effect of flood and storm waters and provide natural storage areas for flood waters.