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HERicane Florida To Make Landfall In Hernando County July 10th-14th

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HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla – Hernando County Emergency Management will be hosting HERricane Florida; Landfall: Hernando County on July 10-14, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hernando County Emergency Operations Center located at 18900 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville.

HERricane Florida, Landfall: Hernando County is a five-day summer camp for young women ages 13-17 to learn about emergency management as a career, the importance of preparedness, how to perform CPR, how to extinguish small fires, and how to build a disaster supply kit.


The program aims to grow and support tomorrow’s emergency managers, healthcare workers, meteorologists, and other public servants so that they can be prepared to handle hurricanes, wildfires, or public health emergencies.

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“We are excited to bring back HERricane Florida to the young women of Hernando County”, said Hernando County’s Deputy Emergency Management Director, Erin Thomas. “We can expose them to the importance of emergency management and all of the disciplines associated with preparedness and what this career field has to offer.”

The original program, HERricane Arlington, was created in 2016 by the Arlington Emergency Management Agency in Virginia.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), with strong support from Arlington EMA, brought the HERricane program to Florida by developing HERricane Florida in 2018. This year, HERricane Florida will make landfall in Hernando County from July 10-14, 2023.

  • Vision: HERricane Florida | Landfall: Hernando County is a “key to success” for women exploring and pursuing careers in emergency management.
  • Mission: To develop and elevate women as leaders in emergency management, while expanding the image of emergency management profession as a positive force for improving public safety and government.
  • Values: HERricane Florida | Landfall: Hernando County promotes the following values:
  • Synergy. Recognize the value and importance of uniting a group of diverse individuals into a single, power force. We seek to provide pro-social professional connection and an environment of collegiality.
  • Grit. We believe in the distinct combination of passion, resilience, determination, and focus that allows a person to maintain discipline and optimism is a key to success in any career, as well as for any organization.
  • Adventure, Creativity, and Open-Mindedness: We utilize and promote ingenuity in our programming as a means to foster this quality in our membership and organization. Emergency management as a discipline, as well as career, is notoriously complicated, atypical, and non-traditional – requiring resourcefulness, positivity, and inventiveness.
  • Professional Excellence: Excellence is not perfection; rather the confident pursuit of high quality and persistent integrity. We seek this for our participants as well as for our program.

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HERricane Florida | Landfall: Hernando County applications are available at www.HernandoCounty.us/EM. Applications are due by June 16, 2023.

Hernando County Emergency Management is a proud recipient of the Duke Energy Foundation Grant and would like to thank them for their generous support in funding the HERricane Florida | Landfall: Hernando County summer camp and #HernandoPrepares public education campaign.

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