Tropical storms and hurricanes are a serious matter, especially for residents in Florida. So, when it comes to issued watches and warnings, rest-assured that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay will take every measure to help ensure the safety of its team members and youth.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CLUBS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

PASCO COUNTY CLUB CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

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Here are some important steps you can take to be prepared in the unfortunate event a storm is headed your way:

ENSURE THE SAFETY OF YOUR HOME AND FAMILY

We understand that you must give your first priority to the safety of your loved ones.  Secure your property, obtain needed supplies and make sure that your personal vehicle is fully fueled.

PREPARE YOUR SITE FOR A POSSIBLE STORM

Visit an ATM while it is still safe to do so to withdraw necessary cash. Be sure to have enough to cover foreseeable cost for travel, accommodations, and other expenses for an extended period of time.

Remove loose objects from outside and bring them inside.  Turn over picnic tables and lay flat other objects that you cannot bring inside.

Fill all vehicles with fuel.  You may need to operate your vehicle for several days following the storm without the ability to refuel.  If you are not able to operate the vehicle because it was not fully fueled, your Club may not be able to operate and staff at the Club may not be paid.

Park vehicles in close proximity to each other, to minimize potential damage.  Park the vehicle away from trees or other objects that may fall on the vehicle.

Turn refrigerators and freezers to their coldest settings as a precaution against possible extended power outages.

Protect computers and important files by covering with trash bags and moving CPU’s to desks or table tops, away from windows.  Unplug power to all computers and disconnect the network connection.  Equipment located in rooms where roof leaks may occur should also be covered with plastic drop clothes or similar protective water proof material.

Fill igloos with water so that you have safe water for drinking in the event of contamination of your water supply.

Have flashlights with fresh batteries to be used when reentering the club during storm recovery.

Charge cell phones.

Have an evacuation plan. Know where you are headed and the safest ways to get there.

PREPARING OUR SITES

The safety of our youth is our number one priority and we follow specific protocol to ensure that our Club Members and parents are prepared and aware of when Clubs are closing due to inclement weather.

During the school year:  Inform parents and children that the Club will be closed if school is closed. Post signs at your entrance for parents.  When Clubs operate in partnership with another organization which is the lead agency, closing of the facility will be determined by the lead partner agency.

During summer vacation:  
Clubs will not open if there is a tropical storm or hurricane warning. Note that this is a “warning” and not a “watch.”  When Clubs operate in partnership with another organization which is the lead agency, closing of the facility will be determined by the lead partner agency.

Note:  Closing of the Club for service to children does not necessarily mean that the metro service center or full time Club staff is not to report to work.  You will be notified if operations are officially closed due to emergency conditions.