City of Pensacola: The Upside of Florida

Inclement Weather Reminders


Turn around. Don't drown. Did you know that flooding is one of the leading causes of weather related fatalities in the U.S? On average, flooding claims nearly 90 lives each year. More than half of these deaths occur in motor vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways. This happens because people underestimate the force and power of water, especially when it is moving.

Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over and carry off an adult. Twelve inches of water can float a small car. If that water is moving, it can carry that car away. Eighteen to twenty-four inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including large SUVs. It is impossible to tell the exact depth of water covering a roadway or the condition of the road below the water. This is especially true at night when your vision is more limited. It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters. Any time you come to a flooded road, walkway, or path, follow this simple rule: Turn Around Don’t Drown.

For more information and flood safety tips, visit

Earlier this week, City Administrator Eric Olson met up with The Weather Channel to discuss the recent weather events.

Additional Information

Below is a list of additional resources that can keep you up to date and connected to health and safety services.

City Notifications -
Escambia County Emergency Management -
National Weather Service -
Weather Radar -

Pensacola 311 

Now citizens have three easy ways to contact 311 -- simply dialing 311, visiting the website, or by downloading our Pensacola 311 mobile app, available for iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry. Pensacola 311 is designed to handle non-emergency issues only. If you require emergency assistance, please utilize one of the following numbers:

Fire/Police/Emergency Medical Services: 911
Pensacola Energy: 850-474-5300
Sanitation Department: 850-435-1890

Additional information from the National Weather Service - It never hurts to be prepared during hurricane season! Now is a perfect time to look over your hurricane preparedness list and make sure your supplies are well-stocked. If you are heading to the grocery store this weekend, go ahead and update your emergency kit by adding extra food and water (for you, your family AND your pets) to your list!

The tropical preparedness webpage has a ton of links with information and preparedness tips tailored to our area:

Pensacola Police News


Crime Stats

Crime statistics have been compiled for 2016 and show the City of Pensacola had a 10.2 percent decrease in its total crime rate last year. This decrease is the result of an excellent partnership between police and the community and demonstrates the hard work and dedication of Pensacola Police officers

Pensacola Police

 Doughnut Strike

Yes it's true, our boys in blue are not going to eat any doughnuts until they have raised over two tons of food for the Manna food bank. They will be all across the city accepting donations to help feed families in need. 

To stay updated on the whereabouts of the Pensacola Police Department, visit here.


Pensacola Fire Appreciation


The Pensacola Fire Department received a letter from a resident expressing their appreciation for the courteous and helpful assistance they received.

Chief Allen,

My compliments to you and the Pensacola Fire Department. What could have been a panic situation turned into a pleasant experience.

Read the complete letter here

Blues in the City

Thank you to the Blue Angels and the Blue Wahoos for participating in a successful Blues in the City - Angels in the Outfield event. We can't wait to do it again. 

Angles in the OUfield

INSTAGRAM: Photo of the Week


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@cityofpensacola. Your image could be featured in the next UPwords newsletter. We'd love to see your photos! Photo credit: @saraecarey

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