From The Times: Is the Atlantic Ocean in the midst of a long period of hyperactive hurricane seasons? Or have we entered a period of sedate storm seasons? "That is the million dollar question right now," said Jim Kossin, a climate scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Every hurricane season brings the risk of destruction. But what’s at stake in this debate is how frequently residents along the Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Seaboard will have to live with those risks in the coming decades. Historically, the Atlantic Ocean has alternated between strong periods, during which [...]
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211 is an integral player in the disaster response and recovery in Pinellas County. 211 is responsible for being “in the know” on agency closures and openings to help inform Emergency Management and Pinellas County Human Services. In the event of a hurricane, 211 will receive a tremendous increase in calls from vulnerable individuals and families that need help locating food, water, housing, etc. 211 encourages our clients to be proactive and have a plan. Receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for Alert Pinellas, an emergency notification service for Pinellas County, Local Municipalities, [...]
Non-Profit Volunteer Fair Set for May 23, 2018 in Safety Harbor Are you looking for volunteer opportunities but don’t know where to start? The public is invited to attend a Non-Profit Volunteer Fair, on Wednesday, May 23, 5:30 to 8:00 PM at the Safety Harbor Public Library. Potential volunteers will have the opportunity to meet with over 20 local non-profits to learn about volunteer opportunities. This free event is sponsored by the City of Safety Harbor and the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce. The Library is located at 101 2nd Street North.
By: Daisy Ruth Jan 12, 2018 11:37 AM EST (WFLA) - Tampa Bay area counties are opening cold weather shelters on Saturday for anyone needing a warm place to spend the night. These shelters will open in Hillsborough County: Brandon Community Center: 510 East Sadie Street in Brandon Opens at 6 p.m. Pets welcome Phone: (813) 635-8179 Jackson Springs Recreation Center: 8620 Jackson Springs Road in Town 'N Country Opens at 6 p.m. Pets welcome Phone: (813) 554-5004 Hands of Hope Outreach at New Hope at the Cornerstone: 310 North Collins Street in Plant City Opens at 6 p.m. Phone: (813) [...]
Times staff Published: January 2, 2018 Updated: January 3, 2018 at 05:28 PM Pinellas County will open its "cold night shelters" for the homeless on Wednesday and Thursday. The shelters open between 6 and 6:30 p.m. and close the following morning at approximately 6 a.m. Shelter guests are provided a hot evening meal and breakfast the following morning. Emergency shelters open when the temperatures dip below 40 degrees, said Cliff Smith, manager of veterans, social and homeless services for the city of St. Petersburg. The county will determine whether the shelters will remain open Friday based on the temperature. Families with [...]
By: Gayle Guyardo Dec 09, 2016 TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -- Are they just being a teen or is your child in crisis? Teenage depression and anxiety is on the rise, and many times kids don't know who to turn to. When the pressure mounts, some go to extreme measures to end the pain. Now there are new programs in place in Hillsborough and Pinellas county to help kids in crisis. "Our program was designed to fill that void and fill that crack and helping young people transitioning into becoming young adults," said Kiara Santiago with Success 4 kids & Families "Healthy Transition" [...]
By SUZETTE PORTER Feb 8, 2016 People in need of help in Pinellas can call 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is “the virtual front door that listens, cares, and if needed, connects people to a local charity that can help them,” according to Executive Director Micki Thompson. Pinellas County is joining the rest of the nation in recognizing National 2-1-1 Day on Feb. 11. Thompson revealed the organization’s new mission, “Create connections through the power of information, innovation and hope,” during a Jan. 26 meeting of the Pinellas County Commission. [...]
Pinellas starts pilot emergency assistance program By SUZETTE PORTER Mar 28, 2015 For years, Pinellas County kept a pot of money to help people with emergency financial needs. It was part of its arsenal to prevent homelessness. But the program fell victim to the budget axe wielded by previous county administrator Bob LaSala. “We went many years without an emergency fund,” County Administrator Mark Woodard said March 24 during a presentation about a new pilot program that will restore money to provide a one-time hand up for those in need. County Commissioners unanimously approved a six-month agreement with 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares [...]
Where to get help and information Editor’s note: This is the third segment in a three-part series on efforts to curtail prescription drug abuse in the county. Compiled by SUZETTE PORTER Jan 16, 2012 People fighting an addiction to prescription drugs can find help from a variety of sources. From governmental agencies to nonprofit organizations, assistance is available. Tampa Bay Newspapers put together a list of places that have resources to help addicts and their families. Don’t fight the battle alone. 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares Inc. This organization provides 2-1-1 telephone services to Pinellas, Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter Counties in Florida [...]
Pinellas County residents face hard times 2-1-1 operators field calls from people facing home evictions, health, financial and other issues By THOMAS MICHALSKI Dec 29, 2008 The crashing economy is causing insurmountable problems for Pinellas County residents who are being faced with evictions, job loss and even homelessness. So great are the difficulties of some individuals, that more of them than ever before are talking about suicide and even giving up their children for adoption because parents cannot afford to feed and clothe them. Many of the pleas for assistance come to 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares that is recognized in Pinellas County [...]