Disaster Preparedness – Hurricane Irma

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Natural disasters can create an increased need for resources in a community. Food Banks and other relief organizations work as a team to bring help and comfort to people suffering the effects of these disasters.

CURRENT UPDATE
Feeding Tampa Bay is still without power. We are working today to distribute food to our partner agencies and to emergency shelters in our community affected by Hurricane Irma. We hope to be fully operational soon. Hope everyone stayed safe during the storm!

Great collaboration today with partners from Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services USA. Today we picked up truckloads of MREs and bottled water in preparation for the storm. Read more.

Attention SNAP members: To help families prepare for Hurricane Irma, SNAP benefits for the month of September will be released within 48 hours for customers who have not already received them.

We will continue to provide updates as we learn more about Irma’s path
Check back here or follow @FeedingTampaBay on Facebook and Twitter for updates

We’re prepared
Feeding Tampa Bay is prepared to handle disaster situations, and work directly with local emergency management operations in providing food, water, and hygiene items during crisis situations. If Tampa Bay faces a disaster, such as flooding from a hurricane or tropical storm, Feeding Tampa Bay will have the resources and communication plan in place to concentrate on helping victims of the storm in the 10 counties we serve. We are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma and will provide updates on its potential impact and our plans for relief.

Make sure you’re prepared
Although weather patterns are ever-changing, it is important to be prepared for any impact of hurricanes threatening Florida. While we wait to learn the path Hurricane Irma will take, let’s make sure we have plans in place in case of a direct hit. Reference materials are provided below:

Hurricane Prep List
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Find Sandbags in Tampa Bay

2017 Tampa Bay Disaster Planning Guide

Create your Disaster Plan

Florida Shelter Listings

Stay Up-to-Date on Alerts