Emergency management director on hurricane preparedness
Larry Gispert is the director of emergency management for Hillsborough County. It's the agency responsible for planning and coordinating the evacuation and sheltering of county residents in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.
The agency is also responsible for planning and coordinating response actions and continuity of government in the aftermath of a major disaster.
Gispert appeared live on WMNF today to cover the following issues:
Whatâs your worst fear about a hurricane hitting the Tampa Bay area? What questions should I be asking myself?
Hurricane kit essentials: -Food -Baby Needs -Kitchen supplies -Emergency toilet -Health and medical needs (stock up on medications) -Hardware/tools -Flashlights -Portable radios -Tarps -Gas or diesel fuel containers -Batteries -Food coolers -Carbon monoxide detectors -Weather radios- how expensive? -Lists of important phone numbers
Preparing your home or apartment: -outdoor furniture -potted plants -covering windows (plywood, duct tape on windows? Hurricane protection film? (do these work?) -Do sandbags prevent flooding? -Gas up car -Get cash
Identifying evacuation zones
What should I take with me when I evacuate? -insurance policies -identification -debit cards/cash? -personal photos -gas up car
Is there a home sharing program where people will open up their homes or businesses temporarily as shelters?
Location of shelters
Where do people with special needs go: -nursing home residents -Alzheimerâs patients -people in wheel chairs -other people who live independently- but might need a special shelter- vision impaired; hearing impaired
Staying in a motel in mid-state? Good idea? Safe? With relatives on the other coast?
Timing your evacuation - when should I leave? How fast do hurricanes travel?
Are tornadoes associated with hurricanes?
What about losing your medication during a hurricane? Is there a law requiring that drug stores refill your prescription, even if your prescription is expired?
Recovery and cleanup after a hurricane: -danger from stroke and over-exertion -spoiled food
Whatâs the biggest misconception that you think people have about hurricanes?
For special needs residents who want to register for evacuation pick-up with Hillsborough county, call (813) 272-5900.comments powered by Disqus