Rick Kriseman cancels re-election campaign events to prepare for Hurricane Irma

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has cancelled all campaign events ahead of city-wide preparations for Hurricane Irma.

Kriseman is running for re-election against former mayor Rick Baker. The election is November 7.

“Everyone in St Pete, Pinellas County, and Florida should be watching this storm closely. All residents should also pay close attention to alerts and updates from emergency management officials,” said Kriseman. “Residents should prepare and have a plan, not panic. My entire city team is working around the clock to protect life and property.”

Continued Kriseman, “That will be my singular focus for the duration of this event.”

The City of St. Petersburg’s Office of Emergency Management is following the forecast of Hurricane Irma very closely. It is working with its partners at the National Weather Service and Pinellas County Emergency Management to ensure Kriseman and city officials have the best and latest information to make informed decisions.

Regardless of the hurricane’s path, high winds and heavy rains are likely to impact St. Petersburg. Residents are encouraged to have a plan, know their evacuation zone, and heed the advice of local officials.

One way to receive information is through ‘Alert St. Pete’, a free emergency notification service that allows the city to communicate directly during emergency situations.

Social media has also proved helpful during emergency situations. Twitter users should follow at @StPeteFL, @StPetePD, and @StPetePW for information related to the hurricane. Non-emergency requests may be submitted to the Mayor’s Action Center at www.stpete.org/action or using the SeeClickFix app.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.