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    September 05, 2017

    Florida Emergency Information Line - 800-342-3557

    The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) is a toll-free hotline activated at the time of an emergency to provide an additional resource for those in Florida to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida. FEIL line is currently activated and available 24 hours/7 days a week.

    Text FLPREPARES to 888777 to receive updates via text (Florida)
    Text TAMPAREADY to 888777 to receive updates via text (Tampa)
    Text STAYSAFE to 888777 to receive updates via text (Hillsborough)

    The Hurricane Evacuation Assessment Tool (HEAT) has been created to assist residents of Hillsborough County by providing evacuation and sheltering information.

    Business Resources:
    Update 9/8/17:

    Update 9/7/17:
    • The Chamber office will be open on Thursday 9am-4pm and on Friday 9am-12pm to assist our members and local businesses. We are here to be a resource for you.
    • Due to the potential weather threat we have decided to postpone all Chamber events beginning today through Wednesday, September 13th. Please check www.SouthTampaChamber.org for information on new dates/times/locations.

    Update 9/6/17:

    Original post from 9/5/17:

    Dear Valued Members,
    As we wait to see to see what Hurricane Irma’s path will be later this week, we have put together a list of useful resources to help our members prepare for a possible severe weather event in our area. We will continue to add resources as they become available. As of this time we will operate “Business as Usual” at the Chamber with regular office hours and do not plan to cancel any events. As we receive weather updates over the next few days, we will make decisions on a day-by-day and event-by-event basis.  

    The 2017 2017 Disaster Planning Guide is a great resource provided by Hillsborough County. Printed copies are also available at the South Tampa Chamber office. Information from the City of Tampa can be found here.

    We encourage all members to sign up for Alert Tampa. Receive vital updates when a hurricane is threatening our city or about crime trends in your neighborhood. When you subscribe for emergency notifications, you'll also have the option of receiving informational alerts. Additional links to resources are also available at the above link.

    Visit the NOAA website for minute by minute information on Weather Watches, Warnings or Advisories for Hillsborough, FL.

    The City of Tampa has opened sandbag locations. Sandbags will be available to city residents at three locations. Bobby Hicks Pool, Barksdale Active Adult Center and Jackson Heights Playground.

    Do you know your evacuation zone? If not, click here!

    During periods of rain, please check www.tampagov.net/floodmap before driving.

    Sign up for updates and information from the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operation Center here.

    If you are on twitter, consider following the following pages for up to date information.

    If you have additional information that would be useful to add to this list on our website, please send to ceo@southtampachamber.org 

    Resources from the Florida Chamber of Commerce:
    Additional Resources: 

    Information from TECO:

    Irma’s track and forecast have changed considerably in the last few days. Tampa Electric's comprehensive storm plan is in place and we are ready for whatever Mother Nature brings our way.  We wanted to reach out ahead of the storm and make you aware of our preparations and outage notification/tracking tools that are available if needed.

    Tampa Electric's crews are prepared to work around the clock to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

    ·     With the help of lineman from other utilities, we are planning to more than triple the number of crews in the field to help restore power.

    ·     If the weather warrants, the company may increase staffing and extend available hours for weather-related calls and may ask for assistance from other utilities to take customer calls, if available.

    ·     This year, Tampa Electric has some new additions to our field fleet: seven Fold-Out Rigid Temporary Shelters (FORTS). They are portable command posts that provide temporary office space in the field, including internet access. In conjunction with our Mobile Command Center, the FORTS allow us to set up full incident bases in multiple locations – this helps get our storm leaders into the hardest-hit areas, which means a more efficient restoration effort.

    Tampa Electric offers customers several ways to report power outages:

    ·     The fastest, easiest way to report an outage is to visit tecoaccount.com/outage.

    ·     Also, enroll in Power Updates from tecoaccount.com to text outage reports or get service updates via text, phone or email.

    ·     Update the phone number and email associated with your account at www.tecoaccount.com/yourprofile. This helps when you report an outage.

    ·     Residential and commercial customers may call Tampa Electric's dedicated toll-free automated power outage phone system at 1-877-588-1010 to report a power outage or electric emergency.

    ·     Customers can monitor and track outages in their neighborhoods through the outage map at tampaelectric.com/outagemap. The map displays the cause, status and estimated restoration time.

    Tampa Electric also will use Twitter @tampaelectric to keep customers informed about outage restoration.

    Click on the links to view the full release and  additional storm safety information.   

    Kelly Flannery, President & CEO
    (813) 637-0156