With hurricane season just around the corner, April is a great time to check your evacuation area and sign up for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County’s official mass notification system. The system is designed to inform you about emergencies and certain non-emergency events. Registration is free. Simply click the link here to get started: Get Connected. Stay Alert. Features include:
You Decide – Customize your profile to get voice, text or email messages on the devices you choose at home or work – one, some or all. You can update your contact information instantly. In addition to Emergency Alerts, you can receive optional important Informational Messages and Severe Weather Alerts.
Emergency Alerts – Include evacuation or shelter-in-place instructions, hazardous-materials incidents, wildfires that threaten homes and other structures, mandatory boil-water notices, flooding that could result in a loss of life or significant property damage, and other critical public health and safety messages.
Informational Messages – Cover major road work, closures, and detours on County roads, aerial spraying for mosquitoes, large-scale precautionary boil water notices, and other important events that may impact your daily life.
Severe Weather Alerts – Include major weather events such as tropical storms, hurricanes, flood, and tornado warnings. The information is provided directly by the National Weather Service for the location information you provide.
For additional information or assistance registering, call 813/272-6602. Even more resources are available through the Tampa Bay Area Regional Planning Council. Their website has evacuation maps, shelter lists and other guides to help you get prepared. Too access the latest information, go to TBRPC’s web page.