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Emergency Information

Below is the local information and resources you will need in the wake of an emergency:Hillsborough CountyHillsborough County Emergency ManagementPhone Number: (813) 272-5900Website: http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/emergency/Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan: http://hillsboroughcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/16617Hurricane Preparedness Guide (Find shelters, transportation guides, etc.): http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?NID=660Hillsborough County Schools: http://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us

Pinellas CountyPinellas County Emergency ManagementPhone Number: (727) 464-3800Website: http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/bulletin.htmPinellas County Citizens Information CenterPhone Number: (727) 464-4333, call (727) 464-3075 for general questionsPinellas County Schools: http://www.pcsb.org/

Pasco CountyPasco County Emergency ManagementPhone Number: (727) 847-8137Website: http://www.pascocountyfl.net/Index.aspx?NID=365Pasco County Schools: http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/Hernando CountyHernando County Emergency ManagementPhone Number: (352) 754-4083Website: http://www.hernandosheriff.org/em/Hernando County Schools: http://www.edline.net/pages/Hernando_County_School_Board

 

Sarasota County

Sarasota County Emergency Management

Phone Number: (941) 861-6000 

Website: https://www.scgov.net/AllHazards/Pages/Emergency-Management.aspx

Sarasota County Schools: http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/

 

Manatee County

Manatee County Emergency Management

Phone Number: (941) 748-4501

Website: http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/public-safety/emergency-management.html

Manatee County Schools: http://www.manateeschools.net/pages/SDMC

 

Polk County

Polk County Emergency Management

Phone Number: (863) 534-5600

Website: http://www.polk-county.net/boccsite/Departments/Emergency-Management/

Polk County Schools: http://www.polk-fl.net/

 

Information and resources from The American Red Cross

How to become Red Cross Ready

     
  • The Red Cross recommends that people take these three steps: (1) build a disaster kit; (2) come up with an emergency plan; and (3) be informed about how local authorities will notify you during a disaster, whether through local media or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels.
  • An emergency kit should contain supplies for about three days, to include a gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications and copies of important documents. Other recommended items are available at redcross.org/kit.
  • Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Remember family members with special medical needs, and plan how you will care for your pets.

Another good way to stay informed is by downloading the FREE Red Cross Emergency App

     
  • The Red Cross Emergency App features real time emergency alerts and information about how to prepare for a hurricanes and other disasters.
  • The app also includes recommendations for supplies, a tool to make your emergency plan, first aid information and a ‘Family Safe’ feature to help connect with loved ones.
  • The Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross, text GETEMERGENCY to 90999 or go to redcross.org/apps.

 

Other Resources

State Of Florida Emergency Management: http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp

State of Florida Evacuation Routes and Zone Maps: http://floridadisaster.org/publicmapping/

State of Florida Emergency Management FAQ: http://floridadisaster.org/faqs.htm

Florida Department Of Insurance Hurricane Season Resources: http://www.floir.com/Office/HurricaneSeason/hurricaneresourcepage.aspx

American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter: Disaster Services 24-hour phone number: 1-877-741-1444

Website: http://www.redcross.org/local/florida/central-florida/chapters/tampa-bay

FEMA Florida: http://www.fema.gov/states/florida

FEMA contact info: http://www.fema.gov/contact-us

Salvation Army of Tampa Bay: http://www.salvationarmyflorida.org/tampabay/

Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay phone number: (813) 875-5771

Website: http://www.bgctampa.org/

Duke Energy Outage Maps: https://www.progress-energy.com/#Florida

TECO Outage Maps: http://www.tampaelectric.com/residential/outages/outagemap/index.cfm?link=carousel&source=hp&q=tampa+electric

Forget JoJo: Have you seen 'The Baby Bachelorette?'

Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher sealed the deal on Monday night's "The Bachelorette" finale, making the difficult decision of choosing between two men whom she claimed to love. 

There could only be one. 

And the 25-year-old Texas real estate developer chose former NFL quarterback Jordan Rodgers.

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<iframe src="//storify.com/cmgnationalnews/the-bachelorette-the-baby-bachelorette/embed?header=none&amp;border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/cmgnationalnews/the-bachelorette-the-baby-bachelorette.js?header=none&amp;border=false"></script>[View the story "The Bachelorette/The Baby Bachelorette" on Storify]The Bachelorette/The Baby BacheloretteStorified by CMGNationalNews· Tue, Aug 02 2016 15:05:31Many viewers voiced dismay, saying JoJo made the wrong choice. This is my #TheBachelorette tweet. I am disappointed in JoJo for her choice, and disappointed in myself for caring this much.DJ DeWittHow I feel about Jordan #TheBachelorette https://t.co/OvnnTgUF2q♡ Kimberly GudieWow Jojo have fun waiting for Jordan to do his hair before you can go anywhere for the rest of ur life #TheBacheloretteCheathamAaron Rodgers at home watching #TheBachelorette like... https://t.co/b0NEfu2Ao9Kaylie ShawI'm just glad JoJo went with her gut and chose the guy she hasn't trusted since day 1. You go JoJo.  #TheBacheloretteSarah Jean SpookHow I feel about #TheBachelorette finale https://t.co/IJnxFrvREcMeaghan MackeySome people said she picked the right guy.YESSSSSSSSSSS JOJO #TeamJordan #BacheloretteFinaleChelsea AllenKnowing Jordan won makes my heart happy😍💕 #BacheloretteFinaleTori SetteYES JOJO YOU CHOSE RIGHT #BacheloretteFinaleMariamWhether you felt cheated and are in need of a happier ending or you're a romantic who enjoys watching others find love, Jimmy Kimmel's "The Baby Bachelorette" is a short G-rated series about little ones finding their soulmates -- or maybe just playmates.The Baby Bachelorette - Episode 1Jimmy Kimmel LiveThe Baby Bachelorette - Episode 2Jimmy Kimmel LiveThe Baby Bachelorette - Episode 3Jimmy Kimmel LiveThe Baby Bachelorette - Episode 4: The Hometown DatesJimmy Kimmel LiveThe Baby Bachelorette - The Boys Tell AllJimmy Kimmel LiveThe Baby Bachelorette - FinaleJimmy Kimmel Live

Baby’s reaction to hearing for the first time will make your day

Videos of babies hearing for the first time never get old, and a video of a baby in Australia adds to the adorable list.

The West Australian reported that mom Taryn Blair shared a video of her son, 3-month-old Jordan Blair, hearing for the first time.

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Blair told The West Australian hearing loss runs in her side of the family, so she was not surprised when Jordan failed hearing tests.

“He had the newborn hearing screening and failed the first assessment. He had another one a couple of days later and failed again,” she said. "He wouldn’t react to our dog barking or making noises. We have a 2-year-old who flinches or cries when he hears those loud noises, so we knew something wasn’t right."

After over 20 appointments, the one captured on video by Blair and her husband, Damien Blair, was a welcome change.

In the video, posted by Blair Wednesday on Facebook, baby Jordan coos and giggles as he hears a rattle for the first time.

Jordan's hearing aid day! (3 months old) He loved his rattle sounds. Put a smile on mummy and daddy's face!Posted by Taryn Blair on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

“We went in there not knowing what to expect," Blair said. "When we had that reaction, we were so happy."

Another video, posted by Blair Thursday, shows the baby reacting to hearing his mother's voice for the first time, and he cheerfully squeals.

Another gorgeous video of Jordan's first time hearing with his hearing aids (3 months old)Posted by Taryn Blair on Thursday, July 21, 2016

Blair said that a day after her son got his hearing aids, which she said were set at moderate to severe, he's been resting easier.

“Normally, he’s hard to put down, I don’t know if it had anything to do with him not being able to see or hear us. But now, when I put him down in the bouncer or in bed, he’s fine and looking around and making noises," she said.

Video shows sheepdog desperately trying to climb into chair

Rocco, an old English sheepdog, can't seem to get into a chair.

The 1-year-old pup's owner recorded video of him trying to jump into a recliner, but he couldn't get it right.

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At first, the Facebook video showed Rocco hanging on the chair with his hind legs hanging over the arm of the chair, trying to lift them up into the recliner.

But it doesn't work. Rocco tries one leg at first, then the other. But the sheepdog can't get on the chair, no matter how hard he tries.

Watch the video, which has over 547,000 views, below:

Posted by Rocco and Whiskey on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Man flies off water slide down rocky cliff

A Texas man's video of himself flying off the side of a water slide and falling down a rocky cliff has gone viral on Facebook, garnering 177,000 views.

David Salmon posted the explicit slow-motion video on his Facebook page, with the caption: "Too dang old to be going down water slides. Fell off this one that is over a rocky cliff. First time in an ambulance. I'm currently in the hospital in Round Rock. Broke my arm (humerus) and fractured ribs. Multiple lacerations on my back, arms and side. Just found out I don't need surgery so that's good news! One more night in Austin, then I can go home to Dallas."

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Salmon kept his sense of humor, and let his friends know that he was OK, with the hashtags #waterslide, #fail, #failvideo, #brokenarm and #notdead.

The video has been shared more than 900 times, and multiple people have posted dramatic new edits of the video in the comments section, including one person who put his water slide slip to the tune of "Ave Maria."   It is unclear from the video where the water slide is located.

The video, containing strong language, can be watched here.

Video shows black bear swimming next to kayaker

A surprising guest turned up while Matthew Garrity was kayaking on Hemlock Lake south of Rochester, New York.

A black bear was swimming by, making its way across the lake, and Garrity caught some of it on video.

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Garrity told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle he was relaxing on the lake when he saw something swimming. He couldn't make out what it was, so he paddled out to investigate.

"I heard it breathing," Garrity said. "I realized what it was as soon as I heard this big gasping, grunting sound of it breathing.

"I just tried to get my kayak drifting at the same speed," Garrity said. "I put my paddle down, got my camera out and started taking the video just enough to see the front of my kayak aim towards the front of the bear. I realized I better back up."

Garrity put his camera down, picked up his oars, and gave the bear some space.

"I got a little nervous, so the video is pretty short because as soon as I saw the front of my kayak come into focus I said OK, that's enough,” Garrity told WHAM.

But the 14-second video, uploaded to Facebook Saturday, caught enough of the moment and has over 280,000 views.

Watch the video below:

Hemlock BearKayaking next to a swimming black bear on Hemlock lake 7-16-2016Posted by Matthew Garrity on Saturday, July 16, 2016

CELEBRATE AMERICA IN KENNETH CITY

Saturday

Jul 2, 2016 – 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

JAMES ERNST PARK

4600 58th St. NSaint Petersburg, FL 33709 Map

MORE INFO Celebrate Pinellas Park and the Town of Kenneth City partner up on this fantastic, small-town parade and festival! Celebrate America in Kenneth City on July 2nd from 10am – 3pm. Celebrate Pinellas Park has presented a fun filled community parade since 1972. New this year, parade viewers are invited to follow the parade to Community Hall, where the Town of Kenneth City will feature a patriotic family friendly festival complete with food vendors, an art & craft show, kid’s games & activities, rock wall & bungee jump rides, hula hoop contests and more. Admission is complimentary and some fees will apply for various vendors and activities. As always, the community parks 3000’ square foot playground is available for public use.Registration for this year's parade is now OPEN! The parade begins at 10:00AM at 62nd Street and proceeds eastbound on 54th Avenue until it reaches 58th Street at which point it turns right and heads southbound on 58th Street coming to an end at the Kenneth City Community Hall (4600 58th Street). Register for the parade here: http://www.celebratepinellaspark.com/registration/

GULFPORT'S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION -JULY FIREWORKS

Monday

Jul 4, 2016 – 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Saint Petersburg, FL 33707 Map

MORE INFO The City of Gulfport invites everyone to celebrate this 4th of July celebration all day long with an amazing line-up of fun and exciting activities in the City’s downtown waterfront district!Complimentary activities include; The Kid’s Fishing Derby sponsored by the Gulfport Marina, at the Recreation Center seawall. Registration for the derby will start at 7:30 a.m. Please bring your own fishing pole and the Marina will supply bait from 8 – 11 a.m. The Family Sand Sculpture Contest, sponsored by the Gulfport Recreation Division, on Gulfport Beach, from 10 A.M. to Noon with registration starting at 9:45 a.m. Keeping with tradition, the theme will be “Patriotic.” Bring your own tools and supplies. Recreation staff will be on Gulfport Beach for the kids from noon to 5 p.m. with water slides, balloon entertainment and concessions available. Local vendors offer a variety of arts, crafts, food delicacies and patriotic knick-knacks for your enjoyment, from 2 – 10 p.m. On the main Casino Stage, live music of Solar Exposure will entertain downtown Gulfport beginning at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., the community parade will make its way (southbound) down Beach Boulevard to the Gulfport Casino, then turning west on Shore Boulevard to 58th Street South. Make sure to grab a good viewing spot! Interested parade participants can easily fill out the online form at http://www.mygulfport.us/july-4th or visit Gulfport City Hall to complete the form. Deadline to register is Friday, June 26.At 9:00 p.m., a phenomenal fireworks display, celebrating the July 4 holiday, will close the day’s festivities on Gulfport Beach. The open air event trolley will be running from Noon- 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. to pick up passengers from remote parking spots to make your journey more convenient to Gulfport.For general information regarding the day’s events, contact Gail Biron at gbiron@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118.july fireworks

THE 8TH ANNUAL SAFETY HARBOR 4th OF JULY PARADE

Safety Harbor, FL - Grab your lawn chair, the kids and find your favorite viewing spot along the parade route!  The Auxiliary Unit of American Legion Post 238 in Safety Harbor is pleased to announce that we will host our 8th annual old fashioned Fourth of July parade on Monday, July 4, 2016.  The route will be directly down Main Street from Phillippe Pkwy and Bay Shore Drive to 9th Ave South.  Step-Off is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. 

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