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Who: Contractors, Sub-Contractors and Development Affiliated Resource 

What: City of Tampa, Construction Services Hurricane Preparedness Advisory 

When: Prior, during and after a National Weather Service or National Hurricane Center Notice of a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning 

Why: To protect citizens and property during an inclement weather hazard 

Details: All construction materials, including roof tiles, within the city should be secured, stored or removed so as not to create a safety hazard because of hurricane or tropical storm force winds, or similar inclement weather. 

What this means for you: 

  • All contractors should implement their hurricane job site plan during this time. 
  • Secure all equipment that cannot be removed from the site. 
  • If applicable, all tower cranes to be properly secured and prepared for high wind events. 
  • Interiors of structures under construction should be secured to prevent materials from becoming airborne. 
  • All debris on a construction site should be stored in commercial containers and should be properly secured. 
  • All hazardous and or reactive material should be identified, with provisions to safely store, neutralize or relocate the materials to a safe location. 
  • Piles of dirt, sand, and stone on a construction site should be located away from the canals, right of ways, adjoining properties, swales, culverts, and inlet grates. 
  • Locate and turn off all utilities (electricity, water and gas) provided to the site. 

Questions: If you have any questions about this advisory, please email us at CSDHelp@tampagov.net 

Courtesy : Tampa Bay

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Exposure represents the adjustments due the characteristics of the terrain surrounding the building.

Exposure B.For buildings with a mean roof height of less than or equal to 30 feet (9144 mm), Exposure B shall apply where the ground surface roughness, as defined by Surface Roughness B, prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 1,500 feet (457 m). For buildings with a mean roof height greater than 30 feet (9144 mm), Exposure B shall apply where Surface Roughness B prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 2,600 feet (792 m) or 20 times the height of the building, whichever is greater.

Exposure C.Exposure C shall apply for all cases where Exposure B or D does not apply.

Exposure D.Exposure D shall apply where the ground surface roughness, as defined by Surface Roughness D, prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 5,000 feet (1524 m) or 20 times the height of the building, whichever is greater. Exposure D shall also apply where the ground surface roughness immediately upwind of the site is B or C, and the site is within a distance of 600 feet (183 m) or 20 times the building height, whichever is greater, from an Exposure D condition as defined in the previous sentence.


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