Emergency Information

Port Tampa Community Members:

Hurricane Irma has left us with lots of clean-up and other issues.  Please find below information/announcements from Hillsborough County Public Schools, and the city of Tampa on assistance in applications to FEMA, storm debris collection guides,  Tampa Police Department message, and other contacts:


The McKay Bay Refuse to Energy Facility, located at 114 S. 34th St., Tampa, is accepting Hurricane Irma-related storm debris from City of Tampa residential customers at no additional charge with proof of a City Utility Customer Account (invoice/monthly billing)  and photo ID.  For more information and yard waste guidelines, call 813.274.8811 or please visit tampagov.net/SolidWaste 

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City of Tampa Disaster Recovery Assistance

Tampa, Fla. (September 18, 2017) – The City of Tampa will continue to operate Community Assistance Centers to help Tampa residents affected by Hurricane Irma. The Housing and Community Development staff will be available to assist area residents in making an application to FEMA for assistance. The City is also providing limited funding to assist homeowners with their storm related home repair needs. We are gathering resource information that we can also provide with meal locations, contacts for volunteers, etc. The offices will be open this week Monday 9/18 – Wednesday 9/20.

Locations are:  

  • TMOB (Tampa Municipal Offices Building) next to Old City Hall,  306 E. Jackson Street 3N, Tampa, FL 33602, Open Daily 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Cordelia B. Hunt Center at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614,    8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • David M. Barksdale Senior Center at Macfarlane Park,  1801 N. Lincoln Avenue, Tampa, FL 33607,  8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • NFL Yet/Jackson Heights Center,  3310 E. Lake Avenue, Tampa, FL 33610,  8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

For more information visit: www.tampagov.net/hcd or call 813-274-8888

2 Attachments: Disaster Recovery Program Review and Application:

Disaster Recovery Program Overview

Disaster Recovery Program Application


City of Tampa Solid Waste Department Activates Storm Debris Management Contractor

The City of Tampa Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management Department is prepared to begin removing storm debris.  In response to the additional waste generated as a result of Hurricane Irma, the Department has activated its debris management contractor, Ceres Environmental, to focus exclusively on storm debris.  Citywide storm debris collection service will be provided 7 days a week beginning Thursday, September 14th through October 27, 20177:00 am to 7:00 pm.   Residents should place items curbside as soon as they can safely do so following the guidelines below:

Storm Debris Collection Guidelines   

  • Separate debris into the following categories; vegetative (un-bagged), construction and demolition, appliances and white goods (i.e. refrigerators, washers, etc.), and electronics.
  • Safety remains a priority, please be sure that debris is clear of any electrical lines, water meters, storm drains, drainage ditches, mail boxes and fire hydrants.
  • Crews cannot enter private property without an approved right of entry agreement.

While the City is currently accepting storm debris at the McKay Bay Disposal Facility, residents are encouraged to wait for the storm debris collection service, and avoid the inconvenience and long wait times.

Regular garbage, recycling and yard waste services will continue to be provided by the City of Tampa Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management Department in addition to the storm related collection service.

For additional questions or concerns, please call the City of Tampa Utilities Consolidated Call Center at (813) 274-8811, or visit:  www.tampagov.net/solidwaste.


City of Tampa Government

September 15 at 5:04pmSOLID WASTE UPDATE: The City of Tampa is running a FREE residential storm debris collection service. To help our crews expedite #HurricaneIrma cleanup, residents are asked to place any storm-related debris curbside, uncut, unbagged, and unbundled. 

Please be patient as our crews will be around multiple times over the next few weeks to ensure that as much storm-related debris is collected as possible.

In addition, our regularly scheduled garbage collection services will resume, while recycling, yard waste, and SWEEP services are suspended until further notice.
If your garbage collection has been missed, please call 813-274-8811 so that our crews can loop back to your address.

We appreciate your patience as we are working through this extensive post-storm cleanup!

September 15, 2017 from Tampa Police Dept. Spokesperson Janelle McGregor:  

Hi neighbors,

Mayor Bob Buckhorn wants to make sure that you are receiving the help you need to rebuild, restore and recover from Hurricane Irma.

Now, you can learn more about storm debris pickup, apply for home repair assistance or just simply make a donation to help Hurricane Irma survivors by calling (844) 852-8889. City employees will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to take your call.

 Other Contacts

TPD Non-Emergency  813.231.6130 – Tampa Police Department number for non-emergency calls.

City of Tampa Alert Tampa –   The city’s official emergency alert system, to receive time sensitive notifications which will be sent directly to your email, cell phone, and in some cases, home phone.  Alert Tampa will provide you the official information you can use to keep your business, your home, and your family safe.  To sign up today, visit the website at https://www.tampagov.net/emergency-management/alert-tampa or call (813) 231-6184.

City of Tampa Contacts – “List of Ways to Connect with the City of Tampa” can be found and printed from the link: www.tampagov.net/neighborhoods, click on “Helpful Numbers Rack Card (PDF)” and scroll down to page 2.

City of Tampa Mobile Application – Stay connected with the official city of Tampa FREE mobile app: https://www.tampagov.net/info/mobile-application

City of Tampa customer service for neighborhood concerns  –  https://apps.tampagov.net/appl_customer_service_center/


Hillsborough County Public Schools will convert four Early Release Days into regular school days to make up for missed classroom time due to Hurricane Irma.

School will NOT dismiss an hour early on these Mondays: October 23rd, October 30th, November 6th, and November 13th. Those will be full-length days.

This change to these four Monday Early Release Days in a row will allow students at all grade levels to meet the state’s requirements for time spent in class during the first semester.

Seven school days were missed because of Hurricane Irma. But Hillsborough County Public Schools builds additional instructional time into its calendar each year. That extra time allows our district to make up all of its state-required time with this change of making four Early Release Days into normal days.

Changing Early Release Days was the most popular option by far in a survey directed toward district staff last week, with 78% of respondents saying it was their preferred option to make up for missed time.

The district’s leadership recognizes that Early Release Days provide valuable planning time for teachers, so this option was coordinated with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, to make sure it would preserve other teacher work days and vacation days, while also allowing our students to get the class time they need.


To make up for missed classroom time due to Hurricane Irma, Extra Reading Time schools will use their normal Tuesday through Friday schedules on four Mondays in a row, starting October 23rd.

Instead of dismissing at 1:15 and 3:20 for different grade levels, all grades will dismiss at 2:25 on October 23rd, October 30th, November 6th, and November 13th.

This change to these four consecutive Mondays will allow students at all grade levels to meet the state’s requirements for time spent in class during the first semester.

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