Emergency and Disaster Planning

In September 2017 the Church of the Good Shepherd was visited by Hurricane Irma. We were very fortunate that this was a relatively low category hurricane and the parish experienced only minor damage and inconvenience. Thanks to careful planning, the impact of Hurricane Irma was minimal.

Every June hurricane season begins again and runs through the end of November. COGS has an Emergency Plan to cover a wide variety of emergencies and disasters. There is also an Emergency Management Team that is ready to step into action if needed.

COGS Emergency Plan

In response to 2020 COVID-19 closures and re-openings, the following reentry plan was created:

COGS Reopening Plan

The COGS Emergency Management Team encourages you to have a plan for your safety. Pinellas County has a comprehensive Preparedness Guide available online or at City Halls bullet City Fire Departments bullet Libraries bullet Courthouses bullet and Tax Collector offices.

It is very important that you are prepared and that you follow all directives by county officials.

COGS also has a Disaster Support Network. This team keeps in touch with parishioners before and after each major storm, or other emergency, impacts the Pinellas County area. You can participate by filling out the attached questionnaire and returning it to the church office.

Disaster Planning Questionnaire 


Additional info for parishioners:



Pinellas County Emergency Management
Evacuation Zones
Pet Preparedness
Special Needs Planning