Severe Weather Preparation

Severe Weather Preparation

Severe Weather Preparation

Play it Safe, Be Prepared

Florida is the most hurricane vulnerable state in the nation. Planning and preparation are essential to minimizing threats to life and property.

Most hurricane and tropical storm activity occurs between June 1 and November 30—the Atlantic hurricane season. Take actions to survive a hurricane before it arrives. Know your evacuation level, identify your evacuation route, and have a plan for your family, pets, and business.

2016 Pasco County Disaster Planning Guideopens in a new window (English)
2016 Guía de Planificación Contra Desastresopens in a new window (Español)


When evacuations from an area become necessary, local emergency management officials provide information to the public through the media. You should evacuate if you are directed to do so or if you feel you are in danger. Make sure you are familiar with the list of Pasco County evacuation sheltersopens in a new window.

Mobile homes and temporary structures are particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well they are fastened to the ground. These structures are also more vulnerable to high winds, storm surge, and/or floodwaters if you live on the coast, near a river, in a floodplain, or on an inland waterway.

Pasco Evacuation Map with Shelter Locationsopens in a new window (English)
Mapa de Evacuación con Locaciónes de Refugioopens in a new window (Español)

Real Time Stream Gaging
Pithlachascotee River at Main St at New Port Richey (USGS 02310308)opens in a new window
Pithlachascotee River near New Port Richey (USGS 02310300)opens in a new window

Local Area Watercams
US Geological Survey’s Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center webcamsopens in a new window

Safe Driving: Turn Around, Don’t Drown
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. Over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The National Weather Service has guidelines for safe driving when your area is experiencing flooding.

Be Prepared for Floods
New Port Richey Flood Information Sheetopens in a new window
FEMA Flood Readiness Guideopens in a new window
CDC’s Key Facts for Flood Readinessopens in a new window