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"Prepare to Survive" Videos Are a Convenient Hurricane Preparedness Tool

You know you have to prepare for hurricane season, but you’re not quite sure how. Wouldn’t it be great to have a quick, easy-to-access resource you could watch on your schedule?

eSeries: Prepare to Survive, a collection of 15-minute videos on hurricane preparedness topics, is now available on the Pinellas County website and on YouTube. Listen to experts talk about everything from insurance to shelters in short segments that are perfect to listen to while driving, walking or at your computer at lunchtime.

With the start of hurricane season, the second year of production began May 2 with a show that featured Dale Armstrong from Pinellas County Extension talking about preparing your landscape and trees for hurricanes.

On Wednesday, June 6, a special segment will feature Sally Bishop, director of Pinellas County Emergency Management, to talk about the importance of preparation and what we could expect in the Tampa Bay area if the worst happens.

Each eSeries premiers at noon on the first Wednesday of the month (the July 4 release will be June 27, due to the Independence Day holiday) when it is streamed live online and shown on PCC-TV. It is then posted online on the eSeries Web page and on YouTube.

Prepare to Survive can be seen online or on PCC-TV (Bright House Channel 622, Knology Channel 18 or Verizon Channel 44). Upcoming eSeries: Prepare to Survive presentations are scheduled for June 27, Aug. 1, Sep. 5, Oct. 3 and Nov. 7.

The eSeries is part of an initiative by Pinellas County to reach a wider audience through the use of emerging technologies with a focus on hurricane preparedness. The county is also using email subscriber lists, emergency text notifications, social media and the new LiveChat. These efforts join conventional outreach initiatives.

Last year’s eSeries: Prepare to Survive presentations, and videos on disaster preparedness can be viewed on Pinellas County's YouTube channel. For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit the Pinellas Emergency Management website, call (727) 464-3800 or join Pinellas County Emergency Management on Twitter. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.