Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Port Richey is in a highly vulnerable flood and wind zone area.
The entire City located to the west of US 19 is in a Level A evacuation zone. Properties east of US 19 are in a Level B evacuation zone.
In the event of a hurricane threat and formal order for evacuation, Port Richey must be evacuated due to the low elevation and very strong possibility of a storm surge and flooding. Flooding and storm surge will not just prevent your from leaving – it will also prevent emergency responders from assisting you, if you were to ignore the order and remain.
Before Hurricane season starts you should:
- Have disaster supplies on hand.
- Select a safe haven now. You might choose a hotel or motel or the home of a friend or relative in a safe location. As a last resort, go to a shelter.
- Make arrangements for pets. Pets are not allowed into most emergency shelters.
- Develop an emergency communication plan. In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster, have a plan for getting back together. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the “family contact.”
When a Hurricane Watch is issued you should:
- Listen to a radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
- Check emergency supplies.
- Fuel the car.
- Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
- Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows
- Remove outside antennas.
- Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
- Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs and bottles.
- Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure boat to trailer. Use tie downs to anchor trailer to the ground or house.
When a Hurricane Warning is issued you should:
- Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.
- Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.
- Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
- If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power “surge” when electricity is restored.
- Elevate furniture to protect it from flooding or better yet, move it to a higher floor.
- In a high rise building, avoid elevators.
If evacuation is necessary you should:
- Be ready to drive 20 to 50 miles inland to locate a safe place. Leave as soon as possible.
- Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve.
- Tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going.
- Bring pre-assembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing. Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter. Lock up home and leave.
After Landfall and Re-Entry Procedures:
- No two evacuation or re-entry processes will be alike, and it is difficult to predict a time frame when re-entry will occur. City of Port Richey officials are aware that everyone will be anxious to return to their homes as soon as possible, but two things must occur before residents and property owners are allowed re-entry:
- Damage Assessment Teams must complete evaluation reports so Port Richey will be eligible for federal disaster assistance. This could take several hours or days depending on severity of the storm.
- A relative amount of safety must be established. Roads and debris need to be cleared for safe traffic.
FEMA Zone Map
Links to other useful sites:
The official site of the National Flood Insurance Program
Engineering Principles and Practices of Retrofitting Floodprone Residential Structures, FEMA
Floodproofing Non-Residential Structures, FEMA 102
Non-Residential Floodproofing-Requirement and Certification, FIA-TB-3
Flood Damage-Resistant Materials Requirements
Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect Your House from Flooding, FEMA 312
Mitigation of Flood and Erosion Damage to Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas, FEMA 257
Protecting Building Utilities from Flood Damage, FEMA 348
Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding, FEMA 511
Selecting Appropriate Mitigation Measures for Floodprone Structures, FEMA 551
FEMA Mitigation Grant Guides