Holy Family Parish is located in evacuation Level A. If our area comes under a mandatory evacuation because of an approaching hurricane, the Church and School will be closed. If an order for mandatory evacuation is given, Masses will be canceled, even on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The parish and school will remain closed until the proper authorities advise us it is safe to return to the campus.
In a voluntary evacuation of level A, we will continue with regularly scheduled liturgies.
Because the parish is situated in a low-lying area, (the east side of the campus borders Tampa Bay,) our facilities CANNOT be used for storm shelters.
DO NOT PLAN TO EVACUATE TO THE CHURCH OR OTHER PARISH FACILITIES.
Furthermore, most parishioners will not be able to assist others in evacuating from the area since they themselves will have to evacuate when the order comes.
Instead, every parishioner of the area should draw up a plan to evacuate to higher and safer ground before a major storm hits. More than likely, those plans will mean leaving the area in the event that a major storm makes landfall.
** If you will require assistance in leaving the area in the event of a mandatory evacuation, you must first register with Pinellas County. Visit their website or call 727.464.3800. Do this now. You cannot call this number or register just a day or two before a storm hits.