County Opens Additional Irma Evacuation Shelters
Hillsborough County continues to open additional shelters for residents evacuating ahead of Hurricane Irma.
A mandatory evacuation for Evacuation Zone A went into effect at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 9. The shelters are for residents in Evacuation Zone A, residents whose homes are vulnerable to storm surge and flooding, and those living in manufactured homes that are susceptible to wind damage.
Shelters are filling quickly; residents are encouraged not to wait if they think they will need to stay in one of these shelters during the storm.
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 should bring only essential items including: blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, and air mattresses; clothing and toiletries; prescriptions; special dietary foods and favorite snacks; diapers, bottles, and other baby supplies; important paperwork in a waterproof container. Cards, books, and games can help pass the time, especially for young children.
Residents bringing pets to one of the four pet-friendly shelters need to bring a sturdy carrier for each pet that allows room for the pet to stand up and move around, as well as a collar with a leash and supplies for each pet to last seven days. More information on how residents can prepare their pets can be found here - Pet Disaster Planning.
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) is running evacuation routes until 7 p.m. today. Visit Gohart.org for additional information.
Get Connected. Stay Alert.
Make sure to have a plan. Residents and visitors are encouraged to register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County's official public notification system for emergency and urgent alerts. To receive messages by email, phone, and text, go to HCFLGov.net/StaySafe. For more information, call (813) 272-5900.
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