Hernando County has already sheltered 325 residents and is
anticipating additional demand as the storm approaches. On Saturday, September
9, at 8 a.m., an additional shelter located at West Hernando Middle School,
14325 Ken Austin Parkway in Brooksville, will be open.
Other shelter locations:
* Challenger K-8 School of Sciences and Mathematics
13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609
Designated special needs shelter
* D.S. Parrott Middle School
19220 Youth Dr., Brooksville, FL 34601
Designated pet-friendly shelter
* Explorer K-8
10252 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, 34608
* Hernando High School
700 Bell Ave., Brooksville, 34601, Brooksville, FL 34601
* Nature Coast Technical High School
4057 California St., Spring Hill, FL 34604
Tips for shelter residents
* Bring identification.
* Eat prior to arrival. The first meal will be dinner.
* Bring air mattress or sleeping bag, cots will not be provided.
* Bring medicines, blanket/sheet, snacks, water and personal hygiene products.
* Call the special needs registry at (352) 754-4083 to request transportation.
* Make every effort to carpool due to limited parking at schools.
* The Challenger K-8 special needs shelter does not accept pets unless they
are certified service animals. If you are evacuating to the special needs
shelter and have a pet(s), Hernando County Animal Control will transport your
pet(s) to Hernando County Animal Services. Please call (352) 754-6830 to
arrange transportation of your pet(s).
From the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center:
Hillsborough County Public Works has transitioned to pre-storm preparations and maintenance in advance of expected flooding from Hurricane Irma. Sandbag operations have concluded at all seven Hillsborough County locations as of 10 p.m. Friday night.
On Saturday at 8 a.m., Hillsborough County will open additional shelters for residents in Evacuation Zone A whose homes are vulnerable to storm surge and flooding, and for manufactured homes that are susceptible to wind damage. A list of shelters can be found at HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.
Two shelters are currently open to accommodate special-needs residents only in Evacuation Zone A at:
* Strawberry Crest High School, 4691 Gallagher Road in Dover
* SunDome at USF, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa
The special-needs shelters are only for residents with medical issues that require electricity assistance or cognitive issues that would not be supported in a general population shelter.
Residents can confirm evacuation zones and register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County's official public notification system, at HCFLGov.net/StaySafe or by calling (813) 272-5900.
HART Evacuation Routes
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) to run evacuation routes only on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit Gohart.org for additional information.