In preparation for Hurricane Ian, a local state of emergency was declared by City officials this afternoon during an emergency meeting of the City Council.

Hernando County Declares Local State Of Emergency And Issues Emergency Protective Measures

Hernando County Emergency Management continues to monitor Hurricane Ian.

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. – Hernando County Emergency Management continues to monitor Hurricane Ian.

Government leaders are assessing current and forecasted conditions to determine the need for additional emergency protective measures.

PROCLAMATION NO. 2022-01, Declaration of State of Local Emergency, has been enacted by the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners.

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This declaration provides Hernando County Government the authority to take action as needed to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our community.

This includes making emergency purchases, obtain additional resources, renting equipment, hiring workers, utilizing volunteers, etc. The Local State of Emergency will be in effect for seven days, or until rescinded.

Evacuation Orders and Public Shelter

Voluntary Evacuations have been issued for all areas west of US 19, which includes evacuation zones A, B, and C.  All residents living in coastal and low-lying areas, as well as manufactured homes county wide, are included.

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Residents are advised to seek safe shelter with family or friends that reside in a safe structure. If this is not a possibility, a public shelter will open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at the below addresses for residents in these areas.

  • Challenger K-8 – Special Needs 13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609
  • The Mining Association Enrichment Center – General Population and Pet Friendly 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34601
  • Explorer K-8 – General Population and Pet Friendly 10252 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34608

Sandbags: Sand and sandbags are available at Linda Pedersen Park (6300 Shoal Line Boulevard) and Anderson Snow Park (service road entrance between the park and gymnastics center)  from 9am-5pm.

These self-serve sandbag sites will remain open until weather conditions begin to deteriorate. This is a self-serve sandbag site ONLY, please bring your own shovel.

Tips on how to properly fill and stack your sandbags Fill bags one-half to two-thirds of the way full Over-filled bags will result in a leaky sandbag wall Stack sandbags so that the seams between the bags are staggered Tuck the top of each bag under to ensure that that bag is sealed by its own weight

County Offices

Hernando County Government offices, Animal Services and Library Services will be closed on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, through Friday, September 30, 2022, in an abundance of caution. Transit Services (TheBus) and Republic Services will be providing service as scheduled until further notice.

  • Residents should closely monitor the progress of this system through local media outlets.
  • Update and review family emergency plans and preparations.
  • Check emergency supply kits.

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