How to survive Tampa


NOAA image via AFP. A topical satellite image of Isaac.

Current forecasts have Tropical Storm Isaac likely to veer to the west of the Tampa Bay region. But forecasters and local officials in the Tampa already are advising convention-goers to keep an eye on the weather in case the storm track changes in coming days. Even a glancing blow by the storm could create high winds, significant storm surge and rainfall that could make life difficult in Tampa.

So be prepared! Here's a list of Web sites full of helpful information about planning for a big storm, provided by Willie Puz, a spokesman for Hillsborough County. 

* 10 Things To Know To Get Prepared

* Basic disaster supply kit list 

* Tips and phone numbers for Special Assistance (elderly/disabled)

* The online Hurricane Guide, which includes a shelter list

* Hillsborough County Evacuation Routes 

Less useful for convention attendees but still worth knowing: 

* Tips on preparing your pets, pet shelters, etc 

* Tips for preparing your business and creating a business go-kit 

Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.

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