Crisis & Emergency Management Tool Kit

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater's Accommodations Hurricane Preparedness Tool Kit includes useful resources to help our accommodation partners be better prepared in the event of a weather related emergency. Please use the resources, information and expert advice presented below as general guidelines that will give you the information you need to create an Emergency Action Plan for your tourism-related business.

As a reminder, the National Hurricane Center will now provide greater lead time in tropical cyclone watches and warnings. As instituted in 2010, tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings for threatened coastal areas will be issued 12 hours earlier than in previous years.

To learn more about these changes and how they could impact your plans, click here.

1. Our Hurricane Preparedness Workshop video, which outlines the latest and best practices for disaster response and recovery, includes presentations by experts from Pinellas County Emergency Management, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, the National Weather Service and other destinations around the state outline. To see the 2-hour 20-minute presentation, click here.

2. A list of key emergency contacts is downloadable here.

3. Accommodation partners have the ability to update their room availability online via an Internet portal before, during and after a named storm at http://data.visitstpeteclearwater.com. A unique login and password is needed for updating an accommodations' inventory. Your property's login information is the same in which used to update your property listing. If you have not yet received or requested your unique login information, please contact VSPC's Media & Interactive Director Leroy Bridges at (Leroy@VisitSPC.com).

4. For instructions on how accommodation partners can update their room availability online during a named storm situation, please click here.

5. Here is Visit St. Pete/Clearwater's complete Crisis Communication Plan.

Know Your Zone

Please remember that Pinellas County's evacuation maps changed last year. In order to comply with Emergency Management directives, it is imperative that you know your evacuation zone. Click here to find yours.

Watch/Warning Information

As a reminder, the National Hurricane Center will now provide greater lead time in tropical cyclone watches and warnings. As instituted in 2010, tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings for threatened coastal areas will be issued 12 hours earlier than in previous years. To learn more about these changes and how they could impact your plans, click here.

Storm Information

In the event a named storm threatens our area, we will update this page as needed. These updates will include information on accommodation availability, attraction closings, and other industry-related news, as well as any evacuation orders and other directives from Pinellas County Emergency Management.

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