PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – Ahead of Tropical Storm Ian, Pasco County Schools are taking actions to allow for preparation and safety.
Pasco County Schools and offices will be open on Monday as usual.
However, all schools and offices will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday for Tropical Storm Ian.
This includes PLACE, and all before and after school programs.
All athletic events, extracurriculars, and practices will also be canceled on Tuesday and Wednesday.
President Joe Biden on Saturday approved an emergency declaration for Florida as the state faces a potentially major hurricane from what is now Tropical Storm Ian, the White House said.
Tropical Storm Ian, currently in the central Caribbean Sea, is expected to become a hurricane by late Sunday and to become a major hurricane — meaning a Category 3 — by Monday or Tuesday, forecasters said.
“The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population and to provide appropriate assistance, to save lives, to protect property, public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and St. Lucie counties and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida,” said Fema.
The storm could reach Florida’s gulf coast by Wednesday or Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
On Friday, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-218, declaring a State of Emergency for 24 counties in the potential path of the storm.
Additionally, Governor DeSantis requested a federal pre-landfall Emergency Declaration in anticipation of impacts from the storm. This declaration will make available important resources and support, as well as free up funding sources for emergency protective measures.
Under this emergency order, members of the Florida National Guard will be activated and on standby awaiting orders.
“Today, I signed an Executive Order issuing a State of Emergency due to the threat of Tropical Depression 9,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This storm has the potential to strengthen into a major hurricane and we encourage all Floridians to make their preparations. We are coordinating with all state and local government partners to track potential impacts of this storm.”