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.

Pasco County Declares State Of Local Emergency Ahead Of Hurricane Ian

The Pasco Board of County Commissioners has issued a Local State of Emergency for Pasco County ahead of Hurricane Ian. 

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – The Pasco Board of County Commissioners has issued a Local State of Emergency for Pasco County ahead of Hurricane Ian. 

This allows the County Administrator and Emergency Management Director to waive everyday procedures and do what they feel is necessary to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our community.

Pasco County is expecting hurricane and storm surge conditions. 

In the news: Hurricane Ian Intensifies With 85 MPH Winds As It Eyes Florida, Expected To Explode To Cat 4

“We urge you to seriously consider evacuating your home if you live in coastal or low-lying areas prone to flooding; we expect to issue evacuation orders and shelter locations later today.  If you choose not to evacuate, you should prepare your family, home, and property for the possibility of hurricane-force winds, storm surge, heavy rain, tornadoes, and power outages through the end of the week,” said Pasco County.

As a reminder, Pasco has opened six, self-serve sandbag locations:

— W.H. Jack Mitchell, Jr., Park: 4825 Little Road, New Port Richey

— Veterans Memorial Park: 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson

— Magnolia Valley Golf Course: 7223 Massachusetts Avenue, New Port Richey

— Pasco County Public Works (C-Barn): 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio

— Land O’ Lakes Recreation Center, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes

— Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road, Wesley Chapel

Pasco County’s Customer Service Center will be open until 8 p.m. Monday and will open 24 hours beginning Tuesday at 7 a.m.  Please call 727.847.2411 or chat with us online at 

Call 911 if you need emergency assistance.

The Pasco County Emergency Operations Center is operating at a Level One Activation status, and Pasco County Emergency Management is monitoring conditions and responding, as necessary, to any issues that arise.

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